CONTENTS 3 Aspect at a glance 10-11 PHOTOS OF YESTERYEAR Nottingham through 86-87 WILDLIFE Why not wrap up warm the years and go out on a dawn walk this winter? 14 OLIVER BONAS 93 CHRISTMAS The newest addition to West Bridgford’s bustling high street Feast your eyes on our yule tide favourites for a season you’re sure to remember 101 WINTER WONDERLAND The Nottingham Winter Wonderland returns this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. 120 EDUCATION Find the passport to your future as we profile a series of local learning options A nother Chapter Written! A message from the Director, Phil Cound. 20 FOOD & DRINK 37 WHAT’S ON Local cuisine to make your taste buds tingle A look at some of the exciting productions coming to town to top off 2016 48-49 FLYING HORSE WALK A welcome shopping haven away from the bustle of the high street 51 HEALTH & WELLBEING Tips for becoming a better you 63 TRAVEL 78 WEDDINGS Discover the world outside your window Helping turn your dream day into reality 126 HOME INTERIORS 155 MOTORS 162 COMPETITION From start to finish makeovers to a simple mood board, our stylist Helen is here to help Putting you in the driving seat to make the best decision on your next car purchase journey Win tickets for the Festive Gift Fair A lifelong dream of mine after 32 years in the media industry has always been to produce a quality magazine in my home city and finally I have accomplished that. Welcome to the brand new Nottinghamshire Aspect Magazine. From some of the city’s most popular bars and eateries to the big name celebrities that will be taking to our stages in the coming few months, I have delved into all areas of Nottinghamshire to bring you the very best our county has to offer. Take a look back at some of the city’s most iconic locations through the years and find out the very best things about Nottinghamshire from the people who know it best. Discover boutique shopping and the must-have pieces you’ll need to keep warm this winter and see our Christmas guide for quirky gift ideas, the perfect party outfit and ways to make the most of your festive break. Get in shape with our at home guide to fitness as local Personal Trainer Kristy Ellis shares her tips on the changes you can make to achieve a healthy lifestyle and find out the health food that is taking the well-being scene by storm. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my team who have, over the past few weeks, worked tirelessly to produce what I consider a fantastic looking product. I would also like to thank our customers, PR teams and contributors for helping to make this happen, without you none of this would have been possible. With our second issue due out in January, we actively seek any input from you the readers, on what you would like to see in the magazine. Please email us at editorial@nottsaspect.co.uk. In the meantime we hope that our first edition gives you an insight into some of our favourite parts of Nottinghamshire and that you enjoy reading all ASPECTS of the magazine.
CONTENTS  3  Aspect at a glance 10-11  PHOTOS OF  YESTERYEAR   Nottingham through  86-87  WILDLIFE   Why not wrap up warm ...
CONTENTS 3 Aspect at a glance 10-11 PHOTOS OF YESTERYEAR Nottingham through 86-87 WILDLIFE Why not wrap up warm the years and go out on a dawn walk this winter? 14 OLIVER BONAS 93 CHRISTMAS The newest addition to West Bridgford’s bustling high street Feast your eyes on our yule tide favourites for a season you’re sure to remember 101 WINTER WONDERLAND The Nottingham Winter Wonderland returns this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. 120 EDUCATION Find the passport to your future as we profile a series of local learning options A nother Chapter Written! A message from the Director, Phil Cound. 20 FOOD & DRINK 37 WHAT’S ON Local cuisine to make your taste buds tingle A look at some of the exciting productions coming to town to top off 2016 48-49 FLYING HORSE WALK A welcome shopping haven away from the bustle of the high street 51 HEALTH & WELLBEING Tips for becoming a better you 63 TRAVEL 78 WEDDINGS Discover the world outside your window Helping turn your dream day into reality 126 HOME INTERIORS 155 MOTORS 162 COMPETITION From start to finish makeovers to a simple mood board, our stylist Helen is here to help Putting you in the driving seat to make the best decision on your next car purchase journey Win tickets for the Festive Gift Fair A lifelong dream of mine after 32 years in the media industry has always been to produce a quality magazine in my home city and finally I have accomplished that. Welcome to the brand new Nottinghamshire Aspect Magazine. From some of the city’s most popular bars and eateries to the big name celebrities that will be taking to our stages in the coming few months, I have delved into all areas of Nottinghamshire to bring you the very best our county has to offer. Take a look back at some of the city’s most iconic locations through the years and find out the very best things about Nottinghamshire from the people who know it best. Discover boutique shopping and the must-have pieces you’ll need to keep warm this winter and see our Christmas guide for quirky gift ideas, the perfect party outfit and ways to make the most of your festive break. Get in shape with our at home guide to fitness as local Personal Trainer Kristy Ellis shares her tips on the changes you can make to achieve a healthy lifestyle and find out the health food that is taking the well-being scene by storm. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my team who have, over the past few weeks, worked tirelessly to produce what I consider a fantastic looking product. I would also like to thank our customers, PR teams and contributors for helping to make this happen, without you none of this would have been possible. With our second issue due out in January, we actively seek any input from you the readers, on what you would like to see in the magazine. Please email us at editorial@nottsaspect.co.uk. In the meantime we hope that our first edition gives you an insight into some of our favourite parts of Nottinghamshire and that you enjoy reading all ASPECTS of the magazine.
CONTENTS  3  Aspect at a glance 10-11  PHOTOS OF  YESTERYEAR   Nottingham through  86-87  WILDLIFE   Why not wrap up warm ...
A 4 Telephone: 01159 313879 While every effort has been made to ensure that adverts and articles appear correctly, Nottinghamshire Aspect cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the contents of this magazine. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of its editor or publisher. Selective advertisements and editorials are copyright of Nottinghamshire Aspect, and must not be used without prior consent of the publishers. All prices are correct at time of going to print and all deals and offers are subject to change. Front page photograph is Lime Tree Avenue, Clumber Park. Courtesy of Waldren Effingham. www.experiencenottinghamshire.com Nottinghamshire Aspect is printed by Warners Midlands The Maltings, Manor Lane, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 9PH www.nottsaspect.co.uk Twitter: @nottsaspect | Facebook: @nottsaspect Nottinghamshire Aspect is published by Nottinghamshire In Focus Ltd 69a, Main Street, Burton Joyce, Nottingham NG14 5ED Publisher/ Director: Phil Cound, Email: phil.cound@nottsinfocus.co.uk Sales: Helen King, E: helen@nottsaspect.co.uk Editorial: Mackenzie Orrock, E: editorial@nottsaspect.co.uk Design: Stacey Barradell, E: studio@nottsaspect.co.uk Accounts: Jackie Millington, E: accounts@nottsinfocus.co.uk VOX POP 5 What makes our city special… Robin Hood, Raleigh Bikes… Torvill and Dean, there are countless things to love about Nottingham. We took to the streets to meet the people and find out what THEY love about OUR great city. ‘The vast array of amenities means there is something for everyone. You can be at a grand country house like Rufford Abbey in the afternoon then watch a big name musician at the Motorpoint Arena on the same evening’ – Nikki, Shop Owner ‘It’s very well served for theatre, which I’ve discovered since finishing work. I joined an organisation called U3A which caters for OAPs. I’m in a craft group, walking group and sewing group. Nottingham is a great city to enjoy your mature years in’ – Sue, Retired ‘I love its location. The job I do means sometimes travelling to Derby, Leicester and London. Being in Nottingham means I can hop on a train and be in any of these places with ease. I also love the energy of the place, it’s buzzing’ – Tim, Marketing Consultant ‘There is a great mixture of ethnicity, which is one of the things that made me feel so at home here when I moved. My shop caters for the black, Asian and Eastern European nationalities, who easily mix with the local communities, which is amazing’ – Mahdi, Xpression Hair & Beauty ‘The uni nightlife scene is awesome. There are loads of jazzy bars and clubs, like Jam Café, Bodega Social Club, Pepper Rocks, The Lofthouse. The city centre has loads of little nooks and crannies so an evening out turns into a little adventure‘ – Bella, Student ‘Nottingham has a wealth of creative opportunity for young people, like the Central Television Workshop, which I’m a member of. Then there’s the Confetti College by the Antenna building. It feels like you’re in with the entertainment industry’ – Gemma, Actress ‘I love the shopping, and so do the people of Nottingham, which is very good news for me as it means I sell lots of shoes and bags! Also the restaurants are great. On the weekends they are all very full, and that makes the city centre very lively’ – Abigail, Italian Shop Ltd ‘I love walking along the Embankment with my wife and the dog. It’s really beautiful, especially since the Council have spent more money on it. I live near Wollaton Park, which is a great place to stroll around, as is Colwick Park too’ – Wayne, Glass House Florists ‘From what I’ve encountered, everyone here is so unique. The people I know are all up to their own thing, leading their own lives and this means they tend to be very accepting of others who are doing the same’ – Brian, Musician ‘I love everything about Hockley. It’s really cool having so many artists around. There is a thriving music community, and the public are really supportive of what we do. Nottingham is a great place in which to be a performer of any kind’ – Daisy, Singer ‘With the job I do, no two days are ever the same but one thing that remains constant in Nottingham is how friendly the people are. They’ll give you a hand when you need it, and certainly have done so for me in the past’ – Shaun, Street Trader ‘There is a real mixture of scenes - an alternative scene, a house scene, an indie scene. I love how close together everything is in the city centre. I’ve lived centrally for a few years now and to be honest I barely ever leave!’ – Josh, Mixologist
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A 4 Telephone: 01159 313879 While every effort has been made to ensure that adverts and articles appear correctly, Nottinghamshire Aspect cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the contents of this magazine. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of its editor or publisher. Selective advertisements and editorials are copyright of Nottinghamshire Aspect, and must not be used without prior consent of the publishers. All prices are correct at time of going to print and all deals and offers are subject to change. Front page photograph is Lime Tree Avenue, Clumber Park. Courtesy of Waldren Effingham. www.experiencenottinghamshire.com Nottinghamshire Aspect is printed by Warners Midlands The Maltings, Manor Lane, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 9PH www.nottsaspect.co.uk Twitter: @nottsaspect | Facebook: @nottsaspect Nottinghamshire Aspect is published by Nottinghamshire In Focus Ltd 69a, Main Street, Burton Joyce, Nottingham NG14 5ED Publisher/ Director: Phil Cound, Email: phil.cound@nottsinfocus.co.uk Sales: Helen King, E: helen@nottsaspect.co.uk Editorial: Mackenzie Orrock, E: editorial@nottsaspect.co.uk Design: Stacey Barradell, E: studio@nottsaspect.co.uk Accounts: Jackie Millington, E: accounts@nottsinfocus.co.uk VOX POP 5 What makes our city special… Robin Hood, Raleigh Bikes… Torvill and Dean, there are countless things to love about Nottingham. We took to the streets to meet the people and find out what THEY love about OUR great city. ‘The vast array of amenities means there is something for everyone. You can be at a grand country house like Rufford Abbey in the afternoon then watch a big name musician at the Motorpoint Arena on the same evening’ – Nikki, Shop Owner ‘It’s very well served for theatre, which I’ve discovered since finishing work. I joined an organisation called U3A which caters for OAPs. I’m in a craft group, walking group and sewing group. Nottingham is a great city to enjoy your mature years in’ – Sue, Retired ‘I love its location. The job I do means sometimes travelling to Derby, Leicester and London. Being in Nottingham means I can hop on a train and be in any of these places with ease. I also love the energy of the place, it’s buzzing’ – Tim, Marketing Consultant ‘There is a great mixture of ethnicity, which is one of the things that made me feel so at home here when I moved. My shop caters for the black, Asian and Eastern European nationalities, who easily mix with the local communities, which is amazing’ – Mahdi, Xpression Hair & Beauty ‘The uni nightlife scene is awesome. There are loads of jazzy bars and clubs, like Jam Café, Bodega Social Club, Pepper Rocks, The Lofthouse. The city centre has loads of little nooks and crannies so an evening out turns into a little adventure‘ – Bella, Student ‘Nottingham has a wealth of creative opportunity for young people, like the Central Television Workshop, which I’m a member of. Then there’s the Confetti College by the Antenna building. It feels like you’re in with the entertainment industry’ – Gemma, Actress ‘I love the shopping, and so do the people of Nottingham, which is very good news for me as it means I sell lots of shoes and bags! Also the restaurants are great. On the weekends they are all very full, and that makes the city centre very lively’ – Abigail, Italian Shop Ltd ‘I love walking along the Embankment with my wife and the dog. It’s really beautiful, especially since the Council have spent more money on it. I live near Wollaton Park, which is a great place to stroll around, as is Colwick Park too’ – Wayne, Glass House Florists ‘From what I’ve encountered, everyone here is so unique. The people I know are all up to their own thing, leading their own lives and this means they tend to be very accepting of others who are doing the same’ – Brian, Musician ‘I love everything about Hockley. It’s really cool having so many artists around. There is a thriving music community, and the public are really supportive of what we do. Nottingham is a great place in which to be a performer of any kind’ – Daisy, Singer ‘With the job I do, no two days are ever the same but one thing that remains constant in Nottingham is how friendly the people are. They’ll give you a hand when you need it, and certainly have done so for me in the past’ – Shaun, Street Trader ‘There is a real mixture of scenes - an alternative scene, a house scene, an indie scene. I love how close together everything is in the city centre. I’ve lived centrally for a few years now and to be honest I barely ever leave!’ – Josh, Mixologist
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THE KIOSK 6 COBDEN CHAMBERS 7 By Mackenzie Orrock Set Sail for the City By Mackenzie Orrock Nothing says unique quite like a shipping container transformed into a quirky café and restaurant but The Kiosk has bid farewell to its first home and moved to the heart of Nottingham city centre, bringing their passion for fresh, good-for-you food along with them. City Centre Shopping with a Difference Photographs courtesy of Ursula Kelly Photography Hidden away down a quiet alleyway in the heart of The Creative Quarter, Cobden Chambers is a city centre oasis home to some of Nottingham’s most quirky independent retailers. With a coal merchants, legal stationer and even a magazine inhabiting the space in its day, the area was a hub for small businesses even then but until recently was an unused, derelict courtyard with little more to offer than some wildly overgrown weeds. Just over two and half years ago though, the project was taken on by Nottingham property owners Bildurn to the units that make shopping there an alternative experience and its location just off Pelham Street and only steps away from the hustle and bustle of Hockley means Cobden Chambers manages to escape the chaos of the high street but still benefit from the city centre footfall and vibrancy of The Lace Market. Above all, in bringing Nottingham’s best creatives together in a supported retail environment, Cobden Chambers encourages shoppers to buy locally and puts an interesting twist on the average city shopping experience. #cobdenchambers Forever Records Specialising in exciting new music as well as second hand, and classic records, Forever Records brings the best of vinyl to Nottingham. Keishi Jewellery The Scandinavian interior is the perfect backdrop to showcase Keishi’s stunning range of jewellery. Dainty rose gold pieces, stand out statement jewellery and classic Cluse watches are just a glimpse at the collection of timeless accessories that owner Katie and the team handpick from suppliers all over the world. Ideas on Paper Being part of a large family meant that food always played a big role in owner Beth’s life growing up. Huge, home-cooked feasts were a sacred tradition and, with an uncle that’s a chef and another family member who has won awards for her breakfasts, she’s not the only one it rubbed off on. But when she took on the original Kiosk premises on Mansfield Road in Sherwood, it was for nothing more than some extra kitchen space for the underground restaurant she was running from her home at the time. Once she opened during the week for teas and cakes though, she soon found herself inundated with more customers than the few outdoor tables on site could cater for. Her solution was a shipping container which, with the help of her furniture designer husband, was transformed into the cosy and stylish space The Kiosk became known for. But while the innovative seating area that the container created undoubtedly played a huge role in the business’ increasing popularity, it only allowed for another 16 seats, soon who transformed it into the dynamic shopping destination that it is today. Vegan health food, second hand records and bespoke jewellery are just some of what shoppers can expect to find at Cobden Chambers and the Victorian bricked buildings lend themselves perfectly to such a collection of unique retailers. Painted in calming pastel colours, reminiscent of the seaside and contrasted against a striking street art mural, the space really is unlike anything the city has seen before. Huge sash windows and open plan spaces give a real ‘front room’ feel Keep up to date with all the latest using leaving the team once again turning away customers and in search of more space. Cobden Chambers, the independent city centre courtyard and shopping destination in Nottingham’s vibrant Creative Quarter proved the perfect location for their move. Lined with boutique shops and decorated in bold and colourful designs, it maintains the individuality and quirky edge that has become synonymous with The Kiosk’s brand in a much larger and more diverse space. The things that have always made The Kiosk special are still very much at the heart of the business despite their move earlier this month though. Bruschetta with cannellini bean hummus and roasted peppers, Peruvian chicken soup and roast carrot frittata are just a glimpse at the kind of quirky and alternative dishes that customers have come to expect from The Kiosk and serving home-cooked, fresh, and seasonal food that is sourced locally and created lovingly remains the key to its success. “The menu is very much influenced by whatever I’m reading at the time,” Beth admits and making healthy food interesting is something that she continues to experiment with at the new city centre location, inspired by recipes and dishes from all over the world. But the new space offers a unique opportunity to build on The Kiosk’s success too. Operating 4 days a week (Thurs-Sun) within a shared environment that boasts a supported coworking office and a number of independent pop up shops, the multifunctional space has helped transform The Kiosk into a real destination that sets it apart from the high street giants. Find The Kiosk menu online at www.kiosksherwood.co.uk and keep up to date via Facebook www.facebook.com/ kioskcobden. Cobden Chambers, Pelham Street, Nottingham, NG1 2ED The old Kiosk premises has now been taken over by Beth’s brother who will run his stone baked pizza place, Corner Stone, from the Sherwood restaurant. Described by owner Alex as ‘an independent book shop where books meet magazines’, Ideas on Paper is an Aladdin’s Cave of quirky publications written on everything from art and culture to food and travel. Along with Keishi, Ideas on Paper was one of the original businesses that moved into Cobden Chambers when it was first opened in 2014. With over 20 years of experience in music retail, owner Joey Bell is also passionate about promoting the local music scene and organises events throughout the year in the Cobden Chambers courtyard to bring music to the streets of Nottingham.
THE KIOSK  6  COBDEN CHAMBERS  7  By Mackenzie Orrock  Set Sail for the City By Mackenzie Orrock  Nothing says unique quit...
THE KIOSK 6 COBDEN CHAMBERS 7 By Mackenzie Orrock Set Sail for the City By Mackenzie Orrock Nothing says unique quite like a shipping container transformed into a quirky café and restaurant but The Kiosk has bid farewell to its first home and moved to the heart of Nottingham city centre, bringing their passion for fresh, good-for-you food along with them. City Centre Shopping with a Difference Photographs courtesy of Ursula Kelly Photography Hidden away down a quiet alleyway in the heart of The Creative Quarter, Cobden Chambers is a city centre oasis home to some of Nottingham’s most quirky independent retailers. With a coal merchants, legal stationer and even a magazine inhabiting the space in its day, the area was a hub for small businesses even then but until recently was an unused, derelict courtyard with little more to offer than some wildly overgrown weeds. Just over two and half years ago though, the project was taken on by Nottingham property owners Bildurn to the units that make shopping there an alternative experience and its location just off Pelham Street and only steps away from the hustle and bustle of Hockley means Cobden Chambers manages to escape the chaos of the high street but still benefit from the city centre footfall and vibrancy of The Lace Market. Above all, in bringing Nottingham’s best creatives together in a supported retail environment, Cobden Chambers encourages shoppers to buy locally and puts an interesting twist on the average city shopping experience. #cobdenchambers Forever Records Specialising in exciting new music as well as second hand, and classic records, Forever Records brings the best of vinyl to Nottingham. Keishi Jewellery The Scandinavian interior is the perfect backdrop to showcase Keishi’s stunning range of jewellery. Dainty rose gold pieces, stand out statement jewellery and classic Cluse watches are just a glimpse at the collection of timeless accessories that owner Katie and the team handpick from suppliers all over the world. Ideas on Paper Being part of a large family meant that food always played a big role in owner Beth’s life growing up. Huge, home-cooked feasts were a sacred tradition and, with an uncle that’s a chef and another family member who has won awards for her breakfasts, she’s not the only one it rubbed off on. But when she took on the original Kiosk premises on Mansfield Road in Sherwood, it was for nothing more than some extra kitchen space for the underground restaurant she was running from her home at the time. Once she opened during the week for teas and cakes though, she soon found herself inundated with more customers than the few outdoor tables on site could cater for. Her solution was a shipping container which, with the help of her furniture designer husband, was transformed into the cosy and stylish space The Kiosk became known for. But while the innovative seating area that the container created undoubtedly played a huge role in the business’ increasing popularity, it only allowed for another 16 seats, soon who transformed it into the dynamic shopping destination that it is today. Vegan health food, second hand records and bespoke jewellery are just some of what shoppers can expect to find at Cobden Chambers and the Victorian bricked buildings lend themselves perfectly to such a collection of unique retailers. Painted in calming pastel colours, reminiscent of the seaside and contrasted against a striking street art mural, the space really is unlike anything the city has seen before. Huge sash windows and open plan spaces give a real ‘front room’ feel Keep up to date with all the latest using leaving the team once again turning away customers and in search of more space. Cobden Chambers, the independent city centre courtyard and shopping destination in Nottingham’s vibrant Creative Quarter proved the perfect location for their move. Lined with boutique shops and decorated in bold and colourful designs, it maintains the individuality and quirky edge that has become synonymous with The Kiosk’s brand in a much larger and more diverse space. The things that have always made The Kiosk special are still very much at the heart of the business despite their move earlier this month though. Bruschetta with cannellini bean hummus and roasted peppers, Peruvian chicken soup and roast carrot frittata are just a glimpse at the kind of quirky and alternative dishes that customers have come to expect from The Kiosk and serving home-cooked, fresh, and seasonal food that is sourced locally and created lovingly remains the key to its success. “The menu is very much influenced by whatever I’m reading at the time,” Beth admits and making healthy food interesting is something that she continues to experiment with at the new city centre location, inspired by recipes and dishes from all over the world. But the new space offers a unique opportunity to build on The Kiosk’s success too. Operating 4 days a week (Thurs-Sun) within a shared environment that boasts a supported coworking office and a number of independent pop up shops, the multifunctional space has helped transform The Kiosk into a real destination that sets it apart from the high street giants. Find The Kiosk menu online at www.kiosksherwood.co.uk and keep up to date via Facebook www.facebook.com/ kioskcobden. Cobden Chambers, Pelham Street, Nottingham, NG1 2ED The old Kiosk premises has now been taken over by Beth’s brother who will run his stone baked pizza place, Corner Stone, from the Sherwood restaurant. Described by owner Alex as ‘an independent book shop where books meet magazines’, Ideas on Paper is an Aladdin’s Cave of quirky publications written on everything from art and culture to food and travel. Along with Keishi, Ideas on Paper was one of the original businesses that moved into Cobden Chambers when it was first opened in 2014. With over 20 years of experience in music retail, owner Joey Bell is also passionate about promoting the local music scene and organises events throughout the year in the Cobden Chambers courtyard to bring music to the streets of Nottingham.
THE KIOSK  6  COBDEN CHAMBERS  7  By Mackenzie Orrock  Set Sail for the City By Mackenzie Orrock  Nothing says unique quit...
EDWARDS PERFORMANCE 8 9 THRIVING LESSONS Power house ... City centre strength spot is perfect for when you need a lift ‘Live strong and prosper,’ says Notts Elite Performance Coach D eep underground, in the heart of Nottingham’s Lace Market, lies a workout facility like no other. The basement gym was opened by top trainer Pete Edwards just over two years ago and has been going from strength-to-strength ever since. But what makes Edwards Performance so unique? Well, it starts with Peter himself... “I’m obsessed with making the human body perform better,” he says, “and what EP does is get people into the best shape of their lives. “The body is the vehicle through which we experience every aspect of our lives. Our physical Leg room ... Trainer works his abs from the chin-up bar health, therefore, impacts every experience, activity and pursuit we may have. I see nothing more worthwhile than helping people to maintain that vehicle, optimise health and raise performance. In short, helping people to thrive. “The idea that we are destined to just degenerate as we get older is wrong. No society in human history has ever had a problem with obesity until the current Western diet and lifestyle were introduced. Our natural state should see us enjoy leanness, strength and vitality. ” Speaking to Pete, his passion for conveying information is both evident and compelling. It is such drive and love for the topic that saw the nutrition buff climb the ladder of fitness and own a city centre space before the age of 30. The muscle master – who has produced professional athletes including Jiu Jitsu world champions, triathlon gold medallists plus several basketballers, rugby players and golfers – has managed to do so without much promotion at all. “The best coaches in the world are not the ones you’ve ever heard of,” he says. “I got that from Charles R Polequin, who is renowned as the most successful strength coach on the planet. “The really good guys are too busy coaching people to be on Instagram all the time. They just have a full client list. “I once had a couple of trainers come to speak to me. They were decent, knew their stuff and had 10,000 followers on Facebook… but only 10 clients between the two of them. “At the time, I had 38 followers on Facebook, with 45 clients in the gym. “Which guy would you rather be trained by?” Even his signage is quite subtle… Pete says: “We were actually open for 7 months before we had our logo on the door. So we were totally impossible to find. We were just so busy training people. “It was actually one of my clients who said, ‘You really need a sign, do you want me to sort it out?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, do it’. “Then at the end of one day, as one of my clients was leaving, she poked her head back in and said, ‘Your signs look good!’ “I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ I went outside and this guy was just sticking signs on. I was like, ‘It’s a good job you’ve got the right windows!’” While Pete – who is the current strength and conditioning coach for the Nottingham Panthers – helps professional athletes to stay on top of their game, his services are by no means exclusive to competitive sportspeople. “I train all sorts,” he says. “One of my most rewarding experiences has been with a 70-year-old client who can now get out of bed without pain in the morning, thanks to having a stronger back and legs. “On the whole, it’s not uncommon for EP clients to report feeling ten years younger. It’s quite typical to hear them say they’re in better shape now – in their 40s and 50s – than they were in their 20s and 30s.” With such a hectic schedule and running his own business [Pete wakes up at 5am EVERY DAY to get started] it is vital for the trainer to maintain a sense of routine. On his website – edwardsperformance.co.uk - he has provided examples of both morning and evening rituals that will help you keep on top of day-to-day tasks. Particularly interesting is the concept of the ‘done list’. “I have an evening ritual I do before leaving work every day,” he says. “That way I feel like I’m on top of things. I feel a sense of achievement over what I’ve completed. “That’s where the ‘done list’ comes from. If you see 50 things on a ‘to-do’ list you can feel pretty overwhelmed and bad about the forthcoming few hours. If you see 50 things on a ‘done’ list you feel great, like, ‘I nailed it today, I feel awesome!’” The basketballer has amassed over 7,500 hours of reading around the topic of strength and nutrition, and boasts an exceptionally enviable knowledge of all things physical. So what would his take home message be? “The level of energy most people operate on, day-to-day, is so much lower than what it should be. “I have people who are 45 years old, and their doctor told them, ‘yeah, you’ve got back pain, you’re getting old, it’s normal’ – but that kind of mentality is disastrous to our wellbeing. “People don’t realise the control they have over their body as they age. “Basically, you have no idea how good you are supposed to feel.” Hang time ... Pete on the Olympic rings as part of his new plyometrics regime
EDWARDS PERFORMANCE  8  9  THRIVING LESSONS  Power house ... City centre strength spot is perfect for when you need a lift...
EDWARDS PERFORMANCE 8 9 THRIVING LESSONS Power house ... City centre strength spot is perfect for when you need a lift ‘Live strong and prosper,’ says Notts Elite Performance Coach D eep underground, in the heart of Nottingham’s Lace Market, lies a workout facility like no other. The basement gym was opened by top trainer Pete Edwards just over two years ago and has been going from strength-to-strength ever since. But what makes Edwards Performance so unique? Well, it starts with Peter himself... “I’m obsessed with making the human body perform better,” he says, “and what EP does is get people into the best shape of their lives. “The body is the vehicle through which we experience every aspect of our lives. Our physical Leg room ... Trainer works his abs from the chin-up bar health, therefore, impacts every experience, activity and pursuit we may have. I see nothing more worthwhile than helping people to maintain that vehicle, optimise health and raise performance. In short, helping people to thrive. “The idea that we are destined to just degenerate as we get older is wrong. No society in human history has ever had a problem with obesity until the current Western diet and lifestyle were introduced. Our natural state should see us enjoy leanness, strength and vitality. ” Speaking to Pete, his passion for conveying information is both evident and compelling. It is such drive and love for the topic that saw the nutrition buff climb the ladder of fitness and own a city centre space before the age of 30. The muscle master – who has produced professional athletes including Jiu Jitsu world champions, triathlon gold medallists plus several basketballers, rugby players and golfers – has managed to do so without much promotion at all. “The best coaches in the world are not the ones you’ve ever heard of,” he says. “I got that from Charles R Polequin, who is renowned as the most successful strength coach on the planet. “The really good guys are too busy coaching people to be on Instagram all the time. They just have a full client list. “I once had a couple of trainers come to speak to me. They were decent, knew their stuff and had 10,000 followers on Facebook… but only 10 clients between the two of them. “At the time, I had 38 followers on Facebook, with 45 clients in the gym. “Which guy would you rather be trained by?” Even his signage is quite subtle… Pete says: “We were actually open for 7 months before we had our logo on the door. So we were totally impossible to find. We were just so busy training people. “It was actually one of my clients who said, ‘You really need a sign, do you want me to sort it out?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, do it’. “Then at the end of one day, as one of my clients was leaving, she poked her head back in and said, ‘Your signs look good!’ “I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ I went outside and this guy was just sticking signs on. I was like, ‘It’s a good job you’ve got the right windows!’” While Pete – who is the current strength and conditioning coach for the Nottingham Panthers – helps professional athletes to stay on top of their game, his services are by no means exclusive to competitive sportspeople. “I train all sorts,” he says. “One of my most rewarding experiences has been with a 70-year-old client who can now get out of bed without pain in the morning, thanks to having a stronger back and legs. “On the whole, it’s not uncommon for EP clients to report feeling ten years younger. It’s quite typical to hear them say they’re in better shape now – in their 40s and 50s – than they were in their 20s and 30s.” With such a hectic schedule and running his own business [Pete wakes up at 5am EVERY DAY to get started] it is vital for the trainer to maintain a sense of routine. On his website – edwardsperformance.co.uk - he has provided examples of both morning and evening rituals that will help you keep on top of day-to-day tasks. Particularly interesting is the concept of the ‘done list’. “I have an evening ritual I do before leaving work every day,” he says. “That way I feel like I’m on top of things. I feel a sense of achievement over what I’ve completed. “That’s where the ‘done list’ comes from. If you see 50 things on a ‘to-do’ list you can feel pretty overwhelmed and bad about the forthcoming few hours. If you see 50 things on a ‘done’ list you feel great, like, ‘I nailed it today, I feel awesome!’” The basketballer has amassed over 7,500 hours of reading around the topic of strength and nutrition, and boasts an exceptionally enviable knowledge of all things physical. So what would his take home message be? “The level of energy most people operate on, day-to-day, is so much lower than what it should be. “I have people who are 45 years old, and their doctor told them, ‘yeah, you’ve got back pain, you’re getting old, it’s normal’ – but that kind of mentality is disastrous to our wellbeing. “People don’t realise the control they have over their body as they age. “Basically, you have no idea how good you are supposed to feel.” Hang time ... Pete on the Olympic rings as part of his new plyometrics regime
EDWARDS PERFORMANCE  8  9  THRIVING LESSONS  Power house ... City centre strength spot is perfect for when you need a lift...
10 11 Photos of yesteryear Lister Gate looking towards Albert Street in the mid-1960s. The days when you had Woolworths, C & A, British Home Stores, and Marks & Spencer all next to each other Victoria Centre, Nottingham, c 1970s Long Row Central. Nottingham, 1970 Old Market Square, 1960s A busy Goose Fair on a Sunny October, 1962 Long Row West, Nottingham, pre 1953. The statue of Queen Victoria was moved to the Embankment Gardens in 1953 Trent Bridge, The Meadows, Nottingham, c 1925. Looking South towards West Bridgford from Town Arms City Transport depot in Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham in the 1930s, with trams arrayed alongside motor buses. River Trent, Nottingham, c 1920s The Foresters Morris Men dancing at the Green Barrell Pub, Arnold Road, Bestwood, 1979 Nottingham Midland Railway Station, Nottingham, 1911 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, 1939 Photo Credits: Long Row Central. Nottingham, 1970 - Kevin Chamberlain, Old Market Square, 1960s - The Paul Nix Collection, Trent Bridge, The Meadows, Nottingham, c 1925 - The Paul Nix Collection, River Trent, Nottingham, c 1920s - The Paul Nix Collection, The Foresters Morris Men dancing at the Green Barrell Pub, Arnold Road, Bestwood, 1979 - Foresters Morris Men, Nottingham Midland Railway Station, Nottingham, 1911 - The Paul Nix Collection, Lister Gate looking towards Albert Street in the mid 1960s - Kevin Chamberlain, A busy Goose Fair on a Sunny October, 1962 - Ken Kenneth, Victoria Centre, Nottingham, c 1970s - The Paul Nix Collection, Long Row West, Nottingham, pre 1953 - The Paul Nix Collection, City Transport depot in Lower Parliament Street - Ed Dexter, Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, 1939 - The Paul Nix Collection
10  11  Photos of yesteryear  Lister Gate looking towards Albert Street in the mid-1960s. The days when you had Woolworths...
10 11 Photos of yesteryear Lister Gate looking towards Albert Street in the mid-1960s. The days when you had Woolworths, C & A, British Home Stores, and Marks & Spencer all next to each other Victoria Centre, Nottingham, c 1970s Long Row Central. Nottingham, 1970 Old Market Square, 1960s A busy Goose Fair on a Sunny October, 1962 Long Row West, Nottingham, pre 1953. The statue of Queen Victoria was moved to the Embankment Gardens in 1953 Trent Bridge, The Meadows, Nottingham, c 1925. Looking South towards West Bridgford from Town Arms City Transport depot in Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham in the 1930s, with trams arrayed alongside motor buses. River Trent, Nottingham, c 1920s The Foresters Morris Men dancing at the Green Barrell Pub, Arnold Road, Bestwood, 1979 Nottingham Midland Railway Station, Nottingham, 1911 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, 1939 Photo Credits: Long Row Central. Nottingham, 1970 - Kevin Chamberlain, Old Market Square, 1960s - The Paul Nix Collection, Trent Bridge, The Meadows, Nottingham, c 1925 - The Paul Nix Collection, River Trent, Nottingham, c 1920s - The Paul Nix Collection, The Foresters Morris Men dancing at the Green Barrell Pub, Arnold Road, Bestwood, 1979 - Foresters Morris Men, Nottingham Midland Railway Station, Nottingham, 1911 - The Paul Nix Collection, Lister Gate looking towards Albert Street in the mid 1960s - Kevin Chamberlain, A busy Goose Fair on a Sunny October, 1962 - Ken Kenneth, Victoria Centre, Nottingham, c 1970s - The Paul Nix Collection, Long Row West, Nottingham, pre 1953 - The Paul Nix Collection, City Transport depot in Lower Parliament Street - Ed Dexter, Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, 1939 - The Paul Nix Collection
10  11  Photos of yesteryear  Lister Gate looking towards Albert Street in the mid-1960s. The days when you had Woolworths...
REVIEW 13 Langley Reviews Ragdale Radiance Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa is located near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Having won numerous awards, including Best European Destination Spa, Health Spa of the Year and several times UK Destination Spa, it has to be good – very good. Ragdale is inspired with various areas from worldwide destinations. Serene and calming, plus tropical plants, I found an area with a river of warm water flowing through to an outside paradise and enjoyed the sun, plus the warm water, beneath – with massage jets, if you so desire! Five pools, water cascades and an aqua gym, as well as exercise studios, with a great number of classes, plus a range of outdoor activities, provide plenty for all to enjoy. The fabulous steam rooms, volcanic salt bath and saunas are other great assets. The Candle Pool is a crowning glory-perfect calm. Body, facial treatments (with new treatments and new product ranges being available, for specific conditions) and massage rooms, plus manicure and pedicure rooms and stations are pristine. Well over 100 qualified, experienced beauty therapists offer numerous treatments. There are several packages available – from a brief visit to extended stays – and many include the fabulous buffet lunch. Starters are served or help yourself, from the buffet. The buffet array has many mains dishes, including various chicken, seafood and fish dishes, stir fry, roasts, gammon, fajitas, tagine and much more. Very tempting desserts can be served to table and are also help yourself from the buffet. Tea or coffee is included. The chefs, carvers and dining room staff ensure everyone has a memorable occasion. The dining room is transformed for the evenings, with illuminated chandeliers and table settings. Evening cuisine is served to table and the inviting menus have something for all tastes. The beautiful bedrooms are a serious attraction for a return visit overnight or for a short stay. With gift vouchers available Ragdale Hall makes the perfect venue for a Christmas present or other occasions-perhaps as a surprise-bring it on! Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa Ragdale Village, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire Tel: 01664 434831 Email: enquiries@ragdalehall.co.uk www.ragdalehall.co.uk Stapleford Splendour One of the few-remaining privately-owned country house hotels in England, Stapleford Park, with its sporting estate and spa, was our choice for a special anniversary occasion recently. Set in some 500 acres of parkland, woods and gardens, designed by Capability Brown, this venue dates back to the 14th Century. The beautiful 55 individually-designed bedrooms, each reflect the style of their creators - Mulberry, Sanderson and Crabtree & Evelyn, to name just some. Several sports can be enjoyed too, including golf (with its own pavilion and restaurant), archery, fly-fishing, falconry and shooting. Perhaps tennis (6 courts) or swimming (22m heated mosaic indoor pool) appeals, along with sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and spa area, plus a modern, well-equipped Technogym, also 7 treatment rooms and nail studio. There is plenty to experience at this superb venue. We immediately settled to the grandeur and elegance which Stapleford Park offers and is renowned for. Jade, who met us on arrival, warmly welcomed us and answered, with confidence, any questions. After establishing ourselves in our gorgeous stateroom, Barbara and I made our way to the magnificent Grinling Gibbons dining room, via the library area, where, over pre-dinner drinks and Hors d’Oeuvres, we chose from the splendid fine dining menu. Pristine, top quality tableware, (Villeroy & Boch and Wedgwood) was perfectly arranged. Our Amuse-Bouche arrived and we both enjoyed this start to our dining occasion. Chantell, our lovely waitress, was most knowledgeable on the various cuisine. With a fantastic selection, for all our courses, from the john dory and quail eggs we had selected for starters, through to mains of halibut and sea bass, Trevor Langley After retiring from a life-long career in engineering, Trevor has put his passion for writing into practice, reviewing places, venues and products that interest him in his spare time. Whether it be a new or established restaurant, an event, a beverage or a day out with family or friends, Trevor tries and tests them all to bring you the very best the county has to offer. and desserts of roast plum tarte tatin and beetroot parfait, all with superb accompaniments and wonderful presentations, fine dining doesn’t come any better. We had chosen Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir wines to accompany our meals and they were most excellent. David Ellams is Head Chef and ensures everything from the kitchen is 110%. David has created fresh and elegant menus and has 10 other chefs, catering for all dietary requirements, working with him. The dining experience is truly exquisite, complemented by the plush surroundings and décor of the Grinling Gibbons restaurant. Our bed was exceptionally comfortable and following a good night’s sleep, the breakfast was awesome, with juices, cereals, yoghurts, poached fruits, porridge, cheeses and the ‘Stapleford Grill’ plus all accompaniments – fantastic! Weddings, receptions and events can all be accommodated, in style, at Stapleford Park. An occasion that will be remembered for a long, long time. Huge thanks to Jade and Chantell, who looked after us throughout our visit and made it into the special event it was. Stapleford Park Country House Hotel and Sporting Estate Stapleford, Nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire Tel: 01572 787 000 Email: reservations@stapleford.co.uk www.staplefordpark.com
REVIEW  13  Langley Reviews Ragdale Radiance  Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa is located near Melton Mowbray, Le...
REVIEW 13 Langley Reviews Ragdale Radiance Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa is located near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Having won numerous awards, including Best European Destination Spa, Health Spa of the Year and several times UK Destination Spa, it has to be good – very good. Ragdale is inspired with various areas from worldwide destinations. Serene and calming, plus tropical plants, I found an area with a river of warm water flowing through to an outside paradise and enjoyed the sun, plus the warm water, beneath – with massage jets, if you so desire! Five pools, water cascades and an aqua gym, as well as exercise studios, with a great number of classes, plus a range of outdoor activities, provide plenty for all to enjoy. The fabulous steam rooms, volcanic salt bath and saunas are other great assets. The Candle Pool is a crowning glory-perfect calm. Body, facial treatments (with new treatments and new product ranges being available, for specific conditions) and massage rooms, plus manicure and pedicure rooms and stations are pristine. Well over 100 qualified, experienced beauty therapists offer numerous treatments. There are several packages available – from a brief visit to extended stays – and many include the fabulous buffet lunch. Starters are served or help yourself, from the buffet. The buffet array has many mains dishes, including various chicken, seafood and fish dishes, stir fry, roasts, gammon, fajitas, tagine and much more. Very tempting desserts can be served to table and are also help yourself from the buffet. Tea or coffee is included. The chefs, carvers and dining room staff ensure everyone has a memorable occasion. The dining room is transformed for the evenings, with illuminated chandeliers and table settings. Evening cuisine is served to table and the inviting menus have something for all tastes. The beautiful bedrooms are a serious attraction for a return visit overnight or for a short stay. With gift vouchers available Ragdale Hall makes the perfect venue for a Christmas present or other occasions-perhaps as a surprise-bring it on! Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa Ragdale Village, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire Tel: 01664 434831 Email: enquiries@ragdalehall.co.uk www.ragdalehall.co.uk Stapleford Splendour One of the few-remaining privately-owned country house hotels in England, Stapleford Park, with its sporting estate and spa, was our choice for a special anniversary occasion recently. Set in some 500 acres of parkland, woods and gardens, designed by Capability Brown, this venue dates back to the 14th Century. The beautiful 55 individually-designed bedrooms, each reflect the style of their creators - Mulberry, Sanderson and Crabtree & Evelyn, to name just some. Several sports can be enjoyed too, including golf (with its own pavilion and restaurant), archery, fly-fishing, falconry and shooting. Perhaps tennis (6 courts) or swimming (22m heated mosaic indoor pool) appeals, along with sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and spa area, plus a modern, well-equipped Technogym, also 7 treatment rooms and nail studio. There is plenty to experience at this superb venue. We immediately settled to the grandeur and elegance which Stapleford Park offers and is renowned for. Jade, who met us on arrival, warmly welcomed us and answered, with confidence, any questions. After establishing ourselves in our gorgeous stateroom, Barbara and I made our way to the magnificent Grinling Gibbons dining room, via the library area, where, over pre-dinner drinks and Hors d’Oeuvres, we chose from the splendid fine dining menu. Pristine, top quality tableware, (Villeroy & Boch and Wedgwood) was perfectly arranged. Our Amuse-Bouche arrived and we both enjoyed this start to our dining occasion. Chantell, our lovely waitress, was most knowledgeable on the various cuisine. With a fantastic selection, for all our courses, from the john dory and quail eggs we had selected for starters, through to mains of halibut and sea bass, Trevor Langley After retiring from a life-long career in engineering, Trevor has put his passion for writing into practice, reviewing places, venues and products that interest him in his spare time. Whether it be a new or established restaurant, an event, a beverage or a day out with family or friends, Trevor tries and tests them all to bring you the very best the county has to offer. and desserts of roast plum tarte tatin and beetroot parfait, all with superb accompaniments and wonderful presentations, fine dining doesn’t come any better. We had chosen Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir wines to accompany our meals and they were most excellent. David Ellams is Head Chef and ensures everything from the kitchen is 110%. David has created fresh and elegant menus and has 10 other chefs, catering for all dietary requirements, working with him. The dining experience is truly exquisite, complemented by the plush surroundings and décor of the Grinling Gibbons restaurant. Our bed was exceptionally comfortable and following a good night’s sleep, the breakfast was awesome, with juices, cereals, yoghurts, poached fruits, porridge, cheeses and the ‘Stapleford Grill’ plus all accompaniments – fantastic! Weddings, receptions and events can all be accommodated, in style, at Stapleford Park. An occasion that will be remembered for a long, long time. Huge thanks to Jade and Chantell, who looked after us throughout our visit and made it into the special event it was. Stapleford Park Country House Hotel and Sporting Estate Stapleford, Nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire Tel: 01572 787 000 Email: reservations@stapleford.co.uk www.staplefordpark.com
REVIEW  13  Langley Reviews Ragdale Radiance  Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa is located near Melton Mowbray, Le...
14 OLIVER BONAS By Mackenzie Orrock up of classic, wearable and practical pieces, from oversized shirt dresses to basic tees. Warm, indulgent fabrics like suede and satin add a luxurious feel to the collection and the neutral blues and greens are offset by the all-important appearance of some festive sparkle and metallic prints. Dainty, gold pieces are the focus when it comes to jewellery, designed to add the subtle finishing touches to any outfit while the geometric statement necklaces bring a feeling of sophistication to the line. The finer details are very much the theme of the new homeware collection. Trinket boxes, decorative letters and simple glass baubles are some of the stand out pieces from the new range, all imagined and created in warmer, more winter appropriate colours and mixing materials like marble and copper is something the winter collection continues to experiment with. The quirky gift range has had a festive makeover too and takes centre stage at the West Bridgford store for the eager Christmas shopper. But the move to their impressive new premises and the launch of their winter range hasn’t distracted Oliver Bonas from what’s important to them. The customer is very much at the heart of the business. The in-house designers put the brand in the unique position of being able to adapt and create based on customer feedback and it’s something they make a top priority. Inspired by the flourishing movement towards a more handmade aesthetic, our designers have brought a feeling of tactility and craft to this year’s winter season. Across our homeware, fashion and gift collections, fluid textures and patterns combine with simple shapes to add an Oliver Bonas twist to the festive season. GIRAFFE JEWELLERY STAND £24 ELLIE RING HOLDER £10 ESTELLA MINI BOWLS £6 “We are very reactive to the way people are buying,” MARBLE AND COPPER BAR TOOLS SET £60 KIT THE CAT MAKEUP BAG £15 ‘Bonus’ for Bridgford High Street The newest addition to West Bridgford’s bustling high street has made quite the impact. Oliver Bonas opened its doors this summer, adding to its growing collection of stores throughout the UK and has so far proved more popular than the team could ever have imagined. With stores in cities across the country such as London, Birmingham and Reading, the brand has become somewhat of a household name over the last five years, though the company has been around since 1993, growing slowly but surely from its first store on Fulham high street where Olly (as he is affectionately known amongst staff) began selling the weird and wonderful pieces he brought back from his travels around the world. 21 years on, he’s still very much at the forefront of his company, turning his passion for innovative design and retail into a reality. To summarise the Oliver Bonas brand is no easy task though. ‘Eclectic’ and ‘contemporary’ are the terms that spring to mind and, while the products are roughly broken down into fashion, homeware, gifts and accessories, in reality, there is much more than can be divided into so few categories. “It’s always been about selling things we love,” says Tierney, PR Administrator at Oliver Bonas and it’s a mind-set that definitely comes across. The design of each individual product is meticulously thought out to bring its customers a cohesive and unified style and it’s undoubtedly one of the things that makes the brand so striking. A design lead approach to branding sees the team work incredibly closely together to monitor the consistency of style across all of the Oliver Bonas product ranges as well as their external brands, meaning they are able to maintain a recognisable identity that people can really associate with OB, something that has helped fuel their impressive growth across the country in the last few years. But finding the perfect space to bring their brand to Nottingham proved more difficult than the team initially thought. Despite having looked at a number of city centre locations, the small, expensive retail spaces just didn’t make the cut. KIT THE CAT WASHBAG £22 RESIN FRAMES FROM £14 “We looked at the city centre but there wasn’t a unit that was quite right, then the team came to West Bridgford by chance and fell in love with it. It was just perfect,” said Tierney. And it’s not hard to see why. The West Bridgford store is unlike any of the other units on the busy high street, boasting floor length windows, a bright and airy open plan space and a second floor that allows the brand to really showcase the best of its range. The grey exterior of the building that overlooks the town centre’s green park space represents the Oliver Bonas brand perfectly too and the balcony that wraps around the building’s second floor is a grand and impactful addition to the store. “It’s the perfect location for it because it’s got that real community feel,” added Helen Rhodes, Store Manager. Now, with winter upon them, the Oliver Bonas team are very much looking forward to their first Christmas season in their West Bridgford store and showcasing their new collection to the people of Nottingham. The use of plain and classic styles combined with vibrant, eye-catching patterns is distinctive of the Oliver Bonas brand but the winter season means moving away from the brighter summer colours and focusing on more muted, pastel shades across their product ranges, whilst still maintaining their flare for playful design. The autumn/ winter fashion range is made Tierney adds, with size, colour, material and style all being things the design team are able to adapt based on changing trends and buying patterns. Creating a memorable shopping experience is something else the staff consider crucial to customer satisfaction and something they work tirelessly to achieve. Culture and brand training given to each of the staff members means they are genuinely invested in the Oliver Bonas brand and the role they play within it and the girls at the West Bridgford store are no exception. From advice on styling, and fashion to the time they take with each customer, their jobs go far beyond the substandard, impersonal service accepted at most high street brands, making for a feel good, memorable half hour browsing that really does leave you wanting to go back for more. The store also lends itself perfectly to the more interactive and immersive shopping experience that Oliver Bonas strives for, with simple, uncomplicated shelf displays and a counter full of pick up pieces encouraging customers to quite literally get a feel for the products. But the man behind the brand knows all too well that to have happy customers, it’s important to have happy staff which is why valuing and supporting the individuals who are the face of his brand is at the core of an OB career. The company is an accredited Living Wage Employer and Tierney, who started working at the company as a Sales Assistant and worked her way up to her current role as PR Administrator, is a perfect example of the investment Oliver puts into each and every member of staff he employs. Now the team have finally settled into their new Nottingham home, the focus turns to expanding their brand awareness outside of London, with their move to West Bridgford pushing them one step further on their mission. The country’s capital is home to over 40 of their stores meaning it’s the hub of activity for Oliver Bonas but reaching a wider audience is their ultimate goal. Though only based in the UK currently, the company ship worldwide, often as far as America and Australia and hope to continue building on their success and the customer base they reach. Despite the unbelievable growth the company has experienced in the last few years and their plans to expand, it’s still very much the little things that matter at OB though and the team certainly haven’t forgotten where they came from. “It’s nice to have a history,” Tierney comments and staying true to its humble beginnings as a single store in Fulham is how Oliver Bonas achieves the small business mentality that makes the brand so unique. Judging by the overwhelming response the team have had since the shop opened just a few months ago it hasn’t gone unnoticed by their customers either. Between a refreshing attitude towards customer service, a distinctive brand identity and a quirky, and colourful range of lifestyle products, Oliver Bonas has proved itself a worthy addition to Nottingham’s shopping scene. Find the store on Central Avenue, West Bridgford or visit them online at www.oliverbonas.com.
14  OLIVER BONAS By Mackenzie Orrock  up of classic, wearable and practical pieces, from oversized shirt dresses to basic ...
14 OLIVER BONAS By Mackenzie Orrock up of classic, wearable and practical pieces, from oversized shirt dresses to basic tees. Warm, indulgent fabrics like suede and satin add a luxurious feel to the collection and the neutral blues and greens are offset by the all-important appearance of some festive sparkle and metallic prints. Dainty, gold pieces are the focus when it comes to jewellery, designed to add the subtle finishing touches to any outfit while the geometric statement necklaces bring a feeling of sophistication to the line. The finer details are very much the theme of the new homeware collection. Trinket boxes, decorative letters and simple glass baubles are some of the stand out pieces from the new range, all imagined and created in warmer, more winter appropriate colours and mixing materials like marble and copper is something the winter collection continues to experiment with. The quirky gift range has had a festive makeover too and takes centre stage at the West Bridgford store for the eager Christmas shopper. But the move to their impressive new premises and the launch of their winter range hasn’t distracted Oliver Bonas from what’s important to them. The customer is very much at the heart of the business. The in-house designers put the brand in the unique position of being able to adapt and create based on customer feedback and it’s something they make a top priority. Inspired by the flourishing movement towards a more handmade aesthetic, our designers have brought a feeling of tactility and craft to this year’s winter season. Across our homeware, fashion and gift collections, fluid textures and patterns combine with simple shapes to add an Oliver Bonas twist to the festive season. GIRAFFE JEWELLERY STAND £24 ELLIE RING HOLDER £10 ESTELLA MINI BOWLS £6 “We are very reactive to the way people are buying,” MARBLE AND COPPER BAR TOOLS SET £60 KIT THE CAT MAKEUP BAG £15 ‘Bonus’ for Bridgford High Street The newest addition to West Bridgford’s bustling high street has made quite the impact. Oliver Bonas opened its doors this summer, adding to its growing collection of stores throughout the UK and has so far proved more popular than the team could ever have imagined. With stores in cities across the country such as London, Birmingham and Reading, the brand has become somewhat of a household name over the last five years, though the company has been around since 1993, growing slowly but surely from its first store on Fulham high street where Olly (as he is affectionately known amongst staff) began selling the weird and wonderful pieces he brought back from his travels around the world. 21 years on, he’s still very much at the forefront of his company, turning his passion for innovative design and retail into a reality. To summarise the Oliver Bonas brand is no easy task though. ‘Eclectic’ and ‘contemporary’ are the terms that spring to mind and, while the products are roughly broken down into fashion, homeware, gifts and accessories, in reality, there is much more than can be divided into so few categories. “It’s always been about selling things we love,” says Tierney, PR Administrator at Oliver Bonas and it’s a mind-set that definitely comes across. The design of each individual product is meticulously thought out to bring its customers a cohesive and unified style and it’s undoubtedly one of the things that makes the brand so striking. A design lead approach to branding sees the team work incredibly closely together to monitor the consistency of style across all of the Oliver Bonas product ranges as well as their external brands, meaning they are able to maintain a recognisable identity that people can really associate with OB, something that has helped fuel their impressive growth across the country in the last few years. But finding the perfect space to bring their brand to Nottingham proved more difficult than the team initially thought. Despite having looked at a number of city centre locations, the small, expensive retail spaces just didn’t make the cut. KIT THE CAT WASHBAG £22 RESIN FRAMES FROM £14 “We looked at the city centre but there wasn’t a unit that was quite right, then the team came to West Bridgford by chance and fell in love with it. It was just perfect,” said Tierney. And it’s not hard to see why. The West Bridgford store is unlike any of the other units on the busy high street, boasting floor length windows, a bright and airy open plan space and a second floor that allows the brand to really showcase the best of its range. The grey exterior of the building that overlooks the town centre’s green park space represents the Oliver Bonas brand perfectly too and the balcony that wraps around the building’s second floor is a grand and impactful addition to the store. “It’s the perfect location for it because it’s got that real community feel,” added Helen Rhodes, Store Manager. Now, with winter upon them, the Oliver Bonas team are very much looking forward to their first Christmas season in their West Bridgford store and showcasing their new collection to the people of Nottingham. The use of plain and classic styles combined with vibrant, eye-catching patterns is distinctive of the Oliver Bonas brand but the winter season means moving away from the brighter summer colours and focusing on more muted, pastel shades across their product ranges, whilst still maintaining their flare for playful design. The autumn/ winter fashion range is made Tierney adds, with size, colour, material and style all being things the design team are able to adapt based on changing trends and buying patterns. Creating a memorable shopping experience is something else the staff consider crucial to customer satisfaction and something they work tirelessly to achieve. Culture and brand training given to each of the staff members means they are genuinely invested in the Oliver Bonas brand and the role they play within it and the girls at the West Bridgford store are no exception. From advice on styling, and fashion to the time they take with each customer, their jobs go far beyond the substandard, impersonal service accepted at most high street brands, making for a feel good, memorable half hour browsing that really does leave you wanting to go back for more. The store also lends itself perfectly to the more interactive and immersive shopping experience that Oliver Bonas strives for, with simple, uncomplicated shelf displays and a counter full of pick up pieces encouraging customers to quite literally get a feel for the products. But the man behind the brand knows all too well that to have happy customers, it’s important to have happy staff which is why valuing and supporting the individuals who are the face of his brand is at the core of an OB career. The company is an accredited Living Wage Employer and Tierney, who started working at the company as a Sales Assistant and worked her way up to her current role as PR Administrator, is a perfect example of the investment Oliver puts into each and every member of staff he employs. Now the team have finally settled into their new Nottingham home, the focus turns to expanding their brand awareness outside of London, with their move to West Bridgford pushing them one step further on their mission. The country’s capital is home to over 40 of their stores meaning it’s the hub of activity for Oliver Bonas but reaching a wider audience is their ultimate goal. Though only based in the UK currently, the company ship worldwide, often as far as America and Australia and hope to continue building on their success and the customer base they reach. Despite the unbelievable growth the company has experienced in the last few years and their plans to expand, it’s still very much the little things that matter at OB though and the team certainly haven’t forgotten where they came from. “It’s nice to have a history,” Tierney comments and staying true to its humble beginnings as a single store in Fulham is how Oliver Bonas achieves the small business mentality that makes the brand so unique. Judging by the overwhelming response the team have had since the shop opened just a few months ago it hasn’t gone unnoticed by their customers either. Between a refreshing attitude towards customer service, a distinctive brand identity and a quirky, and colourful range of lifestyle products, Oliver Bonas has proved itself a worthy addition to Nottingham’s shopping scene. Find the store on Central Avenue, West Bridgford or visit them online at www.oliverbonas.com.
14  OLIVER BONAS By Mackenzie Orrock  up of classic, wearable and practical pieces, from oversized shirt dresses to basic ...
16 FASHION Seasonal Style Favourites With our beloved sunglasses and favourite shorts safely stored away for the winter, we’ve picked out some of the stand out pieces from Topman’s new autumn/winter fashion collection to see you through the new season in style. From hats and bags to jumpers and jackets, the pieces combine neutral and wearable colours with interesting textures and simple designs for a selection of wardrobe staples you can mix and match. Wardrobe Must-haves FASHION No Christmas outfit is complete without a festive themed jumper. Masion de Nimes Black and White Knitted Jumper, £49 17 The perfect size to carry around all of your daily essentials and a refreshing alternative to your everyday black bag Therapy London Yellow Bag £22 Keep warm with this neutral toned scarf by Label Lab Label Lab Grey and Black Printed Scarf, £35 Jacket, £40.00 | Grey Hoody, £20.00 Grey Joggers, £20.00 | T-shirt, £8.00 Shirt, £32.00 | Trousers, £22.00 Roll Neck, £16.00 | Duffel Bag, £30.00 Beanie, £12.00 | Joggers, £20.00 Jacket, £60.00 Dress grey jeans down for a day out Christmas shopping or dress them up for a few festive drinks with friends Maison de Nimes Blue Wash Jeans, £45 Shirt, £30.00 | Cap, £20.00 | Trousers, £22.00 These stripe culottes are a fun way to inject some colour into your winter wardrobe T-Shirt, £20.00 | Beanie, £8.00 Pullover, £32.00 | T-Shirt, £8.00 | Socks, £10.00 | Trainers, £65.00 House of Fraser have winter fashion under control this season with the perfect pieces you’ll need for every occasion, whether it’s snuggling up by an open fire or singing to cheesy carols at your work’s Christmas party. Here are a few of our favourite pieces from their collection. Therapy Stripe Culotte Trousers, £45 www.houseoffraser.co.uk
16  FASHION  Seasonal Style Favourites  With our beloved sunglasses and favourite shorts safely stored away for the winter...
16 FASHION Seasonal Style Favourites With our beloved sunglasses and favourite shorts safely stored away for the winter, we’ve picked out some of the stand out pieces from Topman’s new autumn/winter fashion collection to see you through the new season in style. From hats and bags to jumpers and jackets, the pieces combine neutral and wearable colours with interesting textures and simple designs for a selection of wardrobe staples you can mix and match. Wardrobe Must-haves FASHION No Christmas outfit is complete without a festive themed jumper. Masion de Nimes Black and White Knitted Jumper, £49 17 The perfect size to carry around all of your daily essentials and a refreshing alternative to your everyday black bag Therapy London Yellow Bag £22 Keep warm with this neutral toned scarf by Label Lab Label Lab Grey and Black Printed Scarf, £35 Jacket, £40.00 | Grey Hoody, £20.00 Grey Joggers, £20.00 | T-shirt, £8.00 Shirt, £32.00 | Trousers, £22.00 Roll Neck, £16.00 | Duffel Bag, £30.00 Beanie, £12.00 | Joggers, £20.00 Jacket, £60.00 Dress grey jeans down for a day out Christmas shopping or dress them up for a few festive drinks with friends Maison de Nimes Blue Wash Jeans, £45 Shirt, £30.00 | Cap, £20.00 | Trousers, £22.00 These stripe culottes are a fun way to inject some colour into your winter wardrobe T-Shirt, £20.00 | Beanie, £8.00 Pullover, £32.00 | T-Shirt, £8.00 | Socks, £10.00 | Trainers, £65.00 House of Fraser have winter fashion under control this season with the perfect pieces you’ll need for every occasion, whether it’s snuggling up by an open fire or singing to cheesy carols at your work’s Christmas party. Here are a few of our favourite pieces from their collection. Therapy Stripe Culotte Trousers, £45 www.houseoffraser.co.uk
16  FASHION  Seasonal Style Favourites  With our beloved sunglasses and favourite shorts safely stored away for the winter...
ROTHERA SHARP 19 What can your local solicitor do for you? With a history stretching back almost 200 years, Nottingham law firm Rothera Sharp offers a dedicated and pro-active legal service to businesses and individuals across the East Midlands and beyond. The result of a recent merger between Rothera Dowson and Sharp Young & Pearce, Rothera Sharp was formed in June 2016 and now provides a wider range of services. Karen Hayward Ann Marie Bowman Wills The wills, probate and trusts department can help with advice and support on making a will, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney, inheritance tax planning and the creation and administration of trusts. The team understands that a will is one of the most important documents people will ever put your name to so they work to ensure that their final wishes are fully carried out. Whether it is a simple will for one or two beneficiaries, or complex arrangement involving different parties or substantial assets, the team can advise on the best approach. For advice on challenging a will, people are urged to book an appointment with contentious probate specialists, Charles George and Richard Bates who can advise executors and trustees on disputes, while helping beneficiaries with the validity of a will. Clients can visit a solicitor at one of the offices, or arrange a hospital or home visit. Family and Matrimonial Anton Balkitis Motorist Defence Team The motorist defence team has an exceptional record for helping clients to avoid disqualification, minimise bans and reduce the number of points on their licence. While road traffic offences often seem minor, they can raise complex legal issues. Many motorists facing driving offences are at risk of losing their job and livelihood as well as their licence so it is important to get the best help. Rothera Sharp’s motoring solicitors are experts in Road Transport Law and have a wealth of experience in areas such as speeding, drink driving and totting disqualifications. They represent clients throughout the region, giving expert legal advice and representation at court. The team’s reputation is backed up by consistent top tier ranking and ‘outstanding’ feedback in the legal 500, which serves as a client’s guide to the best law firms. Conveyancing Val Wilkinson With one of the largest conveyancing departments in Nottinghamshire, the team offers dedicated support and advice on sales, purchases and remortgages. As members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme, clients are guaranteed a high level of service and specialist advice on help to buy, equity releases and shared ownership is available. Personalised service is key, with one member of the team being appointed to help with the matter from start to finish. Many clients are long-standing, and the department has worked with families across the generations. Advice is available in the Nottingham and branch offices or alternatively, by phone or email. The family team deals with matters associated with divorce and separation including arrangements around children and finances. Offering an understanding yet pragmatic approach, the solicitors recognise that these situations are difficult, stressful and overwhelming. Clients can receive expert advice from solicitors and legal executives in all areas including divorce, separation, finances, pre and post-nuptial agreements, children, injunctions, civil partnerships and cohabitation. Further assistance is available for those undergoing care proceedings, adoption and special guardianship from the team of four Law Societyaccredited solicitors. In addition, there are two trained collaborative lawyers who offer a round-table approach that strives to reach the best possible outcome for the family without having to go to court. The family team is one of the largest in Nottingham and has been trusted by families for generations. Personal Injury Rebecca Emeleus The firm’s personal injury solicitors fight to ensure clients receive the compensation they deserve for injuries and losses, through no fault of their own, in an accident. They recognise that clients’ lives will be deeply affected when they are unable to work and consequently lose earnings so they aim to recover interim payments at the earliest opportunity. Rothera Sharp’s specialist advisers also help clients obtain the recommended rehabilitation to help them recover. The lawyers represent clients who have suffered road traffic accidents, falls, accidents at work, sporting injuries, product liability claims, criminal injury and can also help with fatal accident compensation claims. In addition, they have a wealth of experience acting for people who have sustained life-changing head and spinal injuries. Subject to the likelihood of success, Rothera Sharp can offer funding on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis. However, unlike firms that rely on call centres, the team prides itself on its personal approach and the fact that it is part of a renowned, multi-disciplinary legal practice. Clients can be assured they will receive expert advice and support throughout the process. For more information on Rothera Sharp visit www.rotherasharp.co.uk or call 0800 088 6280
ROTHERA SHARP  19  What can your local solicitor do for you  With a history stretching back almost 200 years, Nottingham l...
ROTHERA SHARP 19 What can your local solicitor do for you? With a history stretching back almost 200 years, Nottingham law firm Rothera Sharp offers a dedicated and pro-active legal service to businesses and individuals across the East Midlands and beyond. The result of a recent merger between Rothera Dowson and Sharp Young & Pearce, Rothera Sharp was formed in June 2016 and now provides a wider range of services. Karen Hayward Ann Marie Bowman Wills The wills, probate and trusts department can help with advice and support on making a will, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney, inheritance tax planning and the creation and administration of trusts. The team understands that a will is one of the most important documents people will ever put your name to so they work to ensure that their final wishes are fully carried out. Whether it is a simple will for one or two beneficiaries, or complex arrangement involving different parties or substantial assets, the team can advise on the best approach. For advice on challenging a will, people are urged to book an appointment with contentious probate specialists, Charles George and Richard Bates who can advise executors and trustees on disputes, while helping beneficiaries with the validity of a will. Clients can visit a solicitor at one of the offices, or arrange a hospital or home visit. Family and Matrimonial Anton Balkitis Motorist Defence Team The motorist defence team has an exceptional record for helping clients to avoid disqualification, minimise bans and reduce the number of points on their licence. While road traffic offences often seem minor, they can raise complex legal issues. Many motorists facing driving offences are at risk of losing their job and livelihood as well as their licence so it is important to get the best help. Rothera Sharp’s motoring solicitors are experts in Road Transport Law and have a wealth of experience in areas such as speeding, drink driving and totting disqualifications. They represent clients throughout the region, giving expert legal advice and representation at court. The team’s reputation is backed up by consistent top tier ranking and ‘outstanding’ feedback in the legal 500, which serves as a client’s guide to the best law firms. Conveyancing Val Wilkinson With one of the largest conveyancing departments in Nottinghamshire, the team offers dedicated support and advice on sales, purchases and remortgages. As members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme, clients are guaranteed a high level of service and specialist advice on help to buy, equity releases and shared ownership is available. Personalised service is key, with one member of the team being appointed to help with the matter from start to finish. Many clients are long-standing, and the department has worked with families across the generations. Advice is available in the Nottingham and branch offices or alternatively, by phone or email. The family team deals with matters associated with divorce and separation including arrangements around children and finances. Offering an understanding yet pragmatic approach, the solicitors recognise that these situations are difficult, stressful and overwhelming. Clients can receive expert advice from solicitors and legal executives in all areas including divorce, separation, finances, pre and post-nuptial agreements, children, injunctions, civil partnerships and cohabitation. Further assistance is available for those undergoing care proceedings, adoption and special guardianship from the team of four Law Societyaccredited solicitors. In addition, there are two trained collaborative lawyers who offer a round-table approach that strives to reach the best possible outcome for the family without having to go to court. The family team is one of the largest in Nottingham and has been trusted by families for generations. Personal Injury Rebecca Emeleus The firm’s personal injury solicitors fight to ensure clients receive the compensation they deserve for injuries and losses, through no fault of their own, in an accident. They recognise that clients’ lives will be deeply affected when they are unable to work and consequently lose earnings so they aim to recover interim payments at the earliest opportunity. Rothera Sharp’s specialist advisers also help clients obtain the recommended rehabilitation to help them recover. The lawyers represent clients who have suffered road traffic accidents, falls, accidents at work, sporting injuries, product liability claims, criminal injury and can also help with fatal accident compensation claims. In addition, they have a wealth of experience acting for people who have sustained life-changing head and spinal injuries. Subject to the likelihood of success, Rothera Sharp can offer funding on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis. However, unlike firms that rely on call centres, the team prides itself on its personal approach and the fact that it is part of a renowned, multi-disciplinary legal practice. Clients can be assured they will receive expert advice and support throughout the process. For more information on Rothera Sharp visit www.rotherasharp.co.uk or call 0800 088 6280
ROTHERA SHARP  19  What can your local solicitor do for you  With a history stretching back almost 200 years, Nottingham l...
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20  21  Food   Drink
20 21 Food & Drink
20  21  Food   Drink
Gedling’s New Gem T he new Gedling Inn is a far cry from the dated flaming grill it was just a matter of weeks ago, with a recent refurbishment seeing the bar and restaurant transformed into a family friendly pub the community can be proud of. Part of the Heineken owned Star Pubs and Bars group, and under new licensees Andy Hunt and Abbie Clifton, the bar and restaurant has undergone a huge £300,000 renovation that has put it back on the map. Star Pubs & Bars Managing Director, Lawson Mountstevens said: “There’s nothing like the Gedling Inn which caters for the whole community. With a new development in Gedling in the pipeline, the level of food and drinks range on offer, the significant investment and Andy and Abbie’s experience and passion, I am sure the new Gedling Inn will be a great success.” With the couple already running The White Horse in Ruddington where they have earned a reputation for outstanding family pub food, the new Gedling Inn is in good hands and they hope the refurbishment will see the pub and restaurant follow in the footsteps of The White Horse’s Success. Space for up 150 guests, over 30 new jobs and an outdoor space that’s almost doubled in size are just some of the ways in which the refurbishment has helped to transform The Gedling Inn, with the snug bar and open fire, casual and formal dining areas and open kitchen and chef’s table all combining to create the traditional cosy country pub feel. The wooden floors and exposed stone walls bring a stylish, rustic feel to the Gedling’s new interior whilst still maintaining a warm and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a beverage and a bite to eat and the transformation of the outdoor space brings together muted colours in an inviting planted patio area for a relaxed experience whatever the weather. The Gedling Burger with Swiss cheese, bacon, gherkin and onion rings , curried monkfish and saffron and pea risotto are just a glimpse at the Gedling’s menu and a range of premium lagers, craft ales as well as spirits and wines are the perfect accompaniment to the selection of such wholesome dishes. Tapas nights, beer and wine festivals, a bonfire night extravaganza and a regular food festival are just some of the events the new Gedling will play host to over the coming months too and Andy and Abbie couldn’t be more excited, “Abbie and I love the Gedling Inn which is in a great location and has lots of potential. We want the pub to play a central role at the heart of the community and look forward to putting on events for all to enjoy.” The Gedling Inn, 50 Main Rd, Gedling, Nottingham NG4 3HL 0115 987 8686 The Taste Test The Gedling Inn’s Head Chef Greg bring over 30 years of experience working in cities all over the world to the pub and restaurant’s new menu, combining the traditional and the contemporary for a selection of dishes that caters to every taste. We sampled two of the most popular dishes, the gnocci, served with sweet potato, broccoli, aazlenut, feta and roasted beets and the rare rump of lamb with a warm salad of chorizo, chick peas, broccoli, roasted tomatoes and harrisa yoghurt. The gnocci dish banishes the reputation vegetarian food has for being bland and unexciting. The crunchy, al dente broccoli and beats are the perfect contrast to the soft sweet potato and fresh feta and just a hint of spice brings out the best of the flavour without being overpowering. I wouldn’t hesitate to pay the £10 it’s priced at. The lamb dish that followed lived up to the bar the gnocci had set. Cooked to perfection it literally did melt in mouth and the well-seasoned chorizo salad that accompanies it brings a real richness of flavour to the dish. It’s listed on the menu at £16 and it’s more than worth it. All things considered, the two dishes combined simple, uncomplicated ingredients that worked together to create a taste sensational and the hearty portion sizes were reminiscent of what traditional pub food should be. I’ll definitely be back to try more from the menu.
Gedling   s New Gem  T  he new Gedling Inn is a far cry from the dated flaming grill it was just a matter of weeks ago, wi...
Gedling’s New Gem T he new Gedling Inn is a far cry from the dated flaming grill it was just a matter of weeks ago, with a recent refurbishment seeing the bar and restaurant transformed into a family friendly pub the community can be proud of. Part of the Heineken owned Star Pubs and Bars group, and under new licensees Andy Hunt and Abbie Clifton, the bar and restaurant has undergone a huge £300,000 renovation that has put it back on the map. Star Pubs & Bars Managing Director, Lawson Mountstevens said: “There’s nothing like the Gedling Inn which caters for the whole community. With a new development in Gedling in the pipeline, the level of food and drinks range on offer, the significant investment and Andy and Abbie’s experience and passion, I am sure the new Gedling Inn will be a great success.” With the couple already running The White Horse in Ruddington where they have earned a reputation for outstanding family pub food, the new Gedling Inn is in good hands and they hope the refurbishment will see the pub and restaurant follow in the footsteps of The White Horse’s Success. Space for up 150 guests, over 30 new jobs and an outdoor space that’s almost doubled in size are just some of the ways in which the refurbishment has helped to transform The Gedling Inn, with the snug bar and open fire, casual and formal dining areas and open kitchen and chef’s table all combining to create the traditional cosy country pub feel. The wooden floors and exposed stone walls bring a stylish, rustic feel to the Gedling’s new interior whilst still maintaining a warm and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a beverage and a bite to eat and the transformation of the outdoor space brings together muted colours in an inviting planted patio area for a relaxed experience whatever the weather. The Gedling Burger with Swiss cheese, bacon, gherkin and onion rings , curried monkfish and saffron and pea risotto are just a glimpse at the Gedling’s menu and a range of premium lagers, craft ales as well as spirits and wines are the perfect accompaniment to the selection of such wholesome dishes. Tapas nights, beer and wine festivals, a bonfire night extravaganza and a regular food festival are just some of the events the new Gedling will play host to over the coming months too and Andy and Abbie couldn’t be more excited, “Abbie and I love the Gedling Inn which is in a great location and has lots of potential. We want the pub to play a central role at the heart of the community and look forward to putting on events for all to enjoy.” The Gedling Inn, 50 Main Rd, Gedling, Nottingham NG4 3HL 0115 987 8686 The Taste Test The Gedling Inn’s Head Chef Greg bring over 30 years of experience working in cities all over the world to the pub and restaurant’s new menu, combining the traditional and the contemporary for a selection of dishes that caters to every taste. We sampled two of the most popular dishes, the gnocci, served with sweet potato, broccoli, aazlenut, feta and roasted beets and the rare rump of lamb with a warm salad of chorizo, chick peas, broccoli, roasted tomatoes and harrisa yoghurt. The gnocci dish banishes the reputation vegetarian food has for being bland and unexciting. The crunchy, al dente broccoli and beats are the perfect contrast to the soft sweet potato and fresh feta and just a hint of spice brings out the best of the flavour without being overpowering. I wouldn’t hesitate to pay the £10 it’s priced at. The lamb dish that followed lived up to the bar the gnocci had set. Cooked to perfection it literally did melt in mouth and the well-seasoned chorizo salad that accompanies it brings a real richness of flavour to the dish. It’s listed on the menu at £16 and it’s more than worth it. All things considered, the two dishes combined simple, uncomplicated ingredients that worked together to create a taste sensational and the hearty portion sizes were reminiscent of what traditional pub food should be. I’ll definitely be back to try more from the menu.
Gedling   s New Gem  T  he new Gedling Inn is a far cry from the dated flaming grill it was just a matter of weeks ago, wi...
24 THE OLD VOLUNTEER 25 By Mackenzie Orrock Everything’s New at The Old Volunteer Although it’s been 14 years since Jo Connors last had The Old Volunteer you would think she’d never left. The extensive renovation has left the pub and restaurant off the beaten track in Caythorpe unrecognisable and it’s never been busier! The Old Volunteer has had a checkered few years since Jo was last here but with her bold & bespoke design ideas and her quirky, eccentric eye for interior design she has brought this old relic back to life with a modern twist. Despite the scepticism that she faced that the Old Volunteer had has its day, she has built it back up from what she describes as a “quiet country pub” to the vibrant, busy pub and restaurant it is today and she’s only too happy to prove everyone’s negativity wrong. The pub reopened in April 2015 after a very tasteful refurbishment, but Jo was soon to carry on with her design ideas, firstly turning part of her car park into an Alfresco drinking and dining area followed by the opening of the second floor restaurant and outside terrace. The grand oak staircase opens up the newly renovated restaurant which boasts a light and airy dining space that caters to the pubs growing client base and the striking space is not only used as a restaurant perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of downstairs, but has become very popular for private events from business meetings to baby showers and birthday parties. With the high ceilings, oak beams and glass balcony that overlook the fantastic Caythorpe countryside, this hidden gem won’t stay hidden for long. The open fire is another of The Old Volunteer’s stand out spaces. Surrounded by traditional leather wing back studded chairs, a Chesterfield sofa and a collection of leather jewelled coloured books, it’s a cosy spot to enjoy a tipple and read the newspaper on a winter’s afternoon. “We’ve got a little bit for everybody,” Jo explains, with the vibrant social space at the bar, upstairs and downstairs eating areas, relaxed outdoor spaces and more formal dining experience upstairs striving to create a diverse destination that appeals to all ages and tastes. But there’s clearly more than an impressive interior and grand extension to thank for the resurrection of The Old Volunteer. Stephen Taylor, Jo’s business partner, head chef and friend for over 15 years, brings the most important ingredient to the table - amazing food. His passion and flare for cooking alongside great locally sourced ingredients has made the food and name spread far and wide at The Old Volunteer. His reputation in the area was established 15 years “We’ve got a little bit for everybody” ago when he was the Owner Chef at The Reindeer Inn at Hoveringham where he managed to secure a place in the acclaimed Michelin Guide and in his first 15 months at The Old Volunteer Stephen has already come runner up as the Best Newcomer in The Nottinghamshire Food Awards. His forte is quality, home-made food and, with his fish coming fresh from Cornwall, the bread being baked every day on site and his meat and vegetables being supplied by local suppliers, the food lives up to the high quality the team strive to achieve at The Old Volunteer and the outstanding reputation Stephen has earned for his work. From his delicious home-made steak pie and salt and pepper squid to the many choices of home-made ice cream or perhaps his renowned bread & butter pudding, there is something on his menus that will appeal to everyone. The vibrant and energetic staff members have brought a real Nottingham town feel to The Old Volunteer, and amazing cocktails, a range of gins, Fizzy Fridays and a selection of traditional cask beers have all helped to bring it back to life. With all three of Jo’s children lending a helping hand with everything from bar work and waitressing to PR, Jo has managed to create a real family feel to the business too. Between opening up another floor, transforming a few car park spaces into an outdoor oasis and taking on a complete interior makeover, it’s fair to say that the last year has been an eventful one for the team at The Old Volunteer but in just a few months Jo appears to have found the recipe for success and in doing so has managed to restore one of the very few traditional pubs Nottinghamshire has left back to its prime. Browse their menu online at www.theoldvol. co.uk The Old Volunteer, 61 Caythorpe Road, Caythorpe, Nottinghamshire, NG14 7EB. “They remember me from 17 years ago, it’s just like coming home, I don’t feel like I ever left”
24  THE OLD VOLUNTEER  25  By Mackenzie Orrock  Everything   s New at The Old Volunteer  Although it   s been 14 years sin...
24 THE OLD VOLUNTEER 25 By Mackenzie Orrock Everything’s New at The Old Volunteer Although it’s been 14 years since Jo Connors last had The Old Volunteer you would think she’d never left. The extensive renovation has left the pub and restaurant off the beaten track in Caythorpe unrecognisable and it’s never been busier! The Old Volunteer has had a checkered few years since Jo was last here but with her bold & bespoke design ideas and her quirky, eccentric eye for interior design she has brought this old relic back to life with a modern twist. Despite the scepticism that she faced that the Old Volunteer had has its day, she has built it back up from what she describes as a “quiet country pub” to the vibrant, busy pub and restaurant it is today and she’s only too happy to prove everyone’s negativity wrong. The pub reopened in April 2015 after a very tasteful refurbishment, but Jo was soon to carry on with her design ideas, firstly turning part of her car park into an Alfresco drinking and dining area followed by the opening of the second floor restaurant and outside terrace. The grand oak staircase opens up the newly renovated restaurant which boasts a light and airy dining space that caters to the pubs growing client base and the striking space is not only used as a restaurant perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of downstairs, but has become very popular for private events from business meetings to baby showers and birthday parties. With the high ceilings, oak beams and glass balcony that overlook the fantastic Caythorpe countryside, this hidden gem won’t stay hidden for long. The open fire is another of The Old Volunteer’s stand out spaces. Surrounded by traditional leather wing back studded chairs, a Chesterfield sofa and a collection of leather jewelled coloured books, it’s a cosy spot to enjoy a tipple and read the newspaper on a winter’s afternoon. “We’ve got a little bit for everybody,” Jo explains, with the vibrant social space at the bar, upstairs and downstairs eating areas, relaxed outdoor spaces and more formal dining experience upstairs striving to create a diverse destination that appeals to all ages and tastes. But there’s clearly more than an impressive interior and grand extension to thank for the resurrection of The Old Volunteer. Stephen Taylor, Jo’s business partner, head chef and friend for over 15 years, brings the most important ingredient to the table - amazing food. His passion and flare for cooking alongside great locally sourced ingredients has made the food and name spread far and wide at The Old Volunteer. His reputation in the area was established 15 years “We’ve got a little bit for everybody” ago when he was the Owner Chef at The Reindeer Inn at Hoveringham where he managed to secure a place in the acclaimed Michelin Guide and in his first 15 months at The Old Volunteer Stephen has already come runner up as the Best Newcomer in The Nottinghamshire Food Awards. His forte is quality, home-made food and, with his fish coming fresh from Cornwall, the bread being baked every day on site and his meat and vegetables being supplied by local suppliers, the food lives up to the high quality the team strive to achieve at The Old Volunteer and the outstanding reputation Stephen has earned for his work. From his delicious home-made steak pie and salt and pepper squid to the many choices of home-made ice cream or perhaps his renowned bread & butter pudding, there is something on his menus that will appeal to everyone. The vibrant and energetic staff members have brought a real Nottingham town feel to The Old Volunteer, and amazing cocktails, a range of gins, Fizzy Fridays and a selection of traditional cask beers have all helped to bring it back to life. With all three of Jo’s children lending a helping hand with everything from bar work and waitressing to PR, Jo has managed to create a real family feel to the business too. Between opening up another floor, transforming a few car park spaces into an outdoor oasis and taking on a complete interior makeover, it’s fair to say that the last year has been an eventful one for the team at The Old Volunteer but in just a few months Jo appears to have found the recipe for success and in doing so has managed to restore one of the very few traditional pubs Nottinghamshire has left back to its prime. Browse their menu online at www.theoldvol. co.uk The Old Volunteer, 61 Caythorpe Road, Caythorpe, Nottinghamshire, NG14 7EB. “They remember me from 17 years ago, it’s just like coming home, I don’t feel like I ever left”
24  THE OLD VOLUNTEER  25  By Mackenzie Orrock  Everything   s New at The Old Volunteer  Although it   s been 14 years sin...
FOOD & DRINK A taste of the traditional Situated in the quaint Nottinghamshire village of Cropwell Bishop in the Vale of Belvoir, The Chequers Inn is everything a traditional country pub should be. A change in management six months ago and a complicated refurbishment has meant owner Reuben has had his hands full but the pub and restaurant on Church Street is back up and running and the team are raring to go with the launch of their new menu making for the perfect celebration. Salmon fillet a selection of hearty sandwiches and dried aged rib eye, are some of the stand out dishes from the new and improved gastro menu and, with ingredients sourced locally and prepared and cooked fresh on site every day, The Chequers is proving you don’t have to venture far for good food. “It’s bringing a traditional pub back into Cropwell Bishop that’s doing traditional food,” says owner Reuben and it’s a pretty accurate description with a no fuss attitude towards good food and friendly service being the foundation The Chequers is built on. Their new partnership with Tasty Tiffin brings an alternative cuisine to the pub and restaurant’s impressive new menu too, giving diners the option to both eat in and collect from the Tasty Tiffin’s selection of classic Indian dishes. Traditional Curry Nights every last Thursday of the month are a staple event in The Chequers diary and of course, as any proper pub should do, the team serve homemade roast dinners from 12-8pm every Sunday but it’s their Christmas menu they’re most excited about in the run up to the big day. Whether it’s a work Christmas party or a festive family get together, The Chequers is taking the stress out of celebrating this season with a menu of good old fashioned Christmas dinner favourites. The pub and restaurant’s warm, welcoming décor compliments the hearty food just perfectly too but its quirky touches add an 27 The steaks are high in Wollaton Vale element of interest and individuality to The Chequers that makes it stand out from the rest. Post card wallpaper, upcycled furniture and vintage jugs add a fun twist to the traditional inn and the quote that decorates the restaurant wall gives customers a taste of what’s important to the team, “It’s simple, great ingredients make great food.” But aside from The Chequers’ playful personality, its traditional features like the open fire and original beams are what give it the homely, characterful atmosphere that the locals are so fond of and the passionate team behind it that work tirelessly to create an experience they’ll remember are what ultimately keeps them coming back for more. Find the new gastro menu online at www. thechequerscropwell.com or call 0115 989 4739 for more information. The Chequers Inn, Church St, Cropwell Bishop NG12 3DB MAIN COURSE EXAMPLE MENU Shaking it up MUSHROOM RISOTTO DRY-AGED RIB-EYE Grass-fed, with arugula salad, smashed potatoes LAMB SHANK Jasmine rice pilaf, roasted almonds, sesame soy reduction SALMON FILLET Quinoa, roasted carrots, mustard lemon glaze BURGER Gruyere, fried onions, special sauce on challah roll Steak is a labour of love for Miller & Carter’s ‘Steak Geeks’ and Nottingham has certainly been enjoying the fruits of this labour. Miller & Carter on Derby Road in Wollaton Vale has declared the 8oz fillet steak with peppercorn sauce Nottingham’s favourite with the cut proving the most popular on the menu thus far. Rosangela Da Silva Santos Sousa, General Manager at Miller & Carter Wollaton, comments: “It’s not surprising that the 8oz fillet is our most popular steak. So tender you could almost cut it with a fork, the finely marbled fillet is widely regarded as the most premium of cuts. It also has the subtlest flavour.” “The team are excited to welcome more guests into the restaurant and we would encourage anyone who hasn’t been to the Miller & Carter Wollaton to come and enjoy an indulgent steak experience.” Miller & Carter serve the finest 30 day aged steak, using both wet and dry ageing techniques to provide the optimum succulence and flavour. There are 12 fantastic steak cuts to choose from; including a 30oz longbone Tomahawk, fillet-on-the-bone, and an award-winning sirloin steak. Each are individually hand cut by their butchers before they are grilled to perfection by their specially trained chefs. Thousands of cocktails have been shaken and stirred as a brand new bar opens in Nottingham. Be At One has the biggest cocktail menu the city has seen, serving over 150 different concoctions, and opened its doors on Victoria Street after totally transforming the venue, which used to be the Nirvana bar. The cocktail institution has over 30 sites across the UK and this is the first in the East Midlands, creating 16 new jobs in the city. Be At One prides itself on having fantastic bar staff, offering exceptional service and showmanship. The new Nottingham team all underwent an extensive training programme to ensure they give guests the best possible experience while preparing their drinks. It has one of the industry’s largest cocktail lists serving everything from blended specialties like the Popster, topped with sweet and salty popcorn, and reimagined classics such as the Gin Re-Fashioned. There are even healthier options in the virtuous range, which contain less alcohol and sugar. Beetroot juice, manuka honey and carrot juice are among the ingredients used to create cocktails like the Beetroot Retox, Bee’s Knees and FlameHaired Vixen. Co-founder and Director Steve Locke said: “We’ve had an absolutely phenomenal opening weekend. Thousands of cocktails have been made and we’ve had amazing feedback from our guests. Nottingham is a great city and the Hockley area in particular is really buzzing. “We take our drinks seriously and are consistently refining our menu and testing the drinks to keep improving them. We also pride ourselves on offering great customer service. “Our new bartenders are all local talent and were trained for nine weeks which costs £5,000 each. This training means that all our guests will be acknowledged within five seconds of reaching the bar. To my knowledge no-one else invests so much in training their bartenders.” Guests at Be At One can also use its awardwinning smartphone app, with a personalised ‘Appi Hour’ and a random daily £5 cocktail available through the ‘Be Appventurous’ feature. They can also make use of the private cocktail masterclasses, learning how to mix Be At One cocktails through games and races.
FOOD   DRINK  A taste of the traditional Situated in the quaint Nottinghamshire village of Cropwell Bishop in the Vale of ...
FOOD & DRINK A taste of the traditional Situated in the quaint Nottinghamshire village of Cropwell Bishop in the Vale of Belvoir, The Chequers Inn is everything a traditional country pub should be. A change in management six months ago and a complicated refurbishment has meant owner Reuben has had his hands full but the pub and restaurant on Church Street is back up and running and the team are raring to go with the launch of their new menu making for the perfect celebration. Salmon fillet a selection of hearty sandwiches and dried aged rib eye, are some of the stand out dishes from the new and improved gastro menu and, with ingredients sourced locally and prepared and cooked fresh on site every day, The Chequers is proving you don’t have to venture far for good food. “It’s bringing a traditional pub back into Cropwell Bishop that’s doing traditional food,” says owner Reuben and it’s a pretty accurate description with a no fuss attitude towards good food and friendly service being the foundation The Chequers is built on. Their new partnership with Tasty Tiffin brings an alternative cuisine to the pub and restaurant’s impressive new menu too, giving diners the option to both eat in and collect from the Tasty Tiffin’s selection of classic Indian dishes. Traditional Curry Nights every last Thursday of the month are a staple event in The Chequers diary and of course, as any proper pub should do, the team serve homemade roast dinners from 12-8pm every Sunday but it’s their Christmas menu they’re most excited about in the run up to the big day. Whether it’s a work Christmas party or a festive family get together, The Chequers is taking the stress out of celebrating this season with a menu of good old fashioned Christmas dinner favourites. The pub and restaurant’s warm, welcoming décor compliments the hearty food just perfectly too but its quirky touches add an 27 The steaks are high in Wollaton Vale element of interest and individuality to The Chequers that makes it stand out from the rest. Post card wallpaper, upcycled furniture and vintage jugs add a fun twist to the traditional inn and the quote that decorates the restaurant wall gives customers a taste of what’s important to the team, “It’s simple, great ingredients make great food.” But aside from The Chequers’ playful personality, its traditional features like the open fire and original beams are what give it the homely, characterful atmosphere that the locals are so fond of and the passionate team behind it that work tirelessly to create an experience they’ll remember are what ultimately keeps them coming back for more. Find the new gastro menu online at www. thechequerscropwell.com or call 0115 989 4739 for more information. The Chequers Inn, Church St, Cropwell Bishop NG12 3DB MAIN COURSE EXAMPLE MENU Shaking it up MUSHROOM RISOTTO DRY-AGED RIB-EYE Grass-fed, with arugula salad, smashed potatoes LAMB SHANK Jasmine rice pilaf, roasted almonds, sesame soy reduction SALMON FILLET Quinoa, roasted carrots, mustard lemon glaze BURGER Gruyere, fried onions, special sauce on challah roll Steak is a labour of love for Miller & Carter’s ‘Steak Geeks’ and Nottingham has certainly been enjoying the fruits of this labour. Miller & Carter on Derby Road in Wollaton Vale has declared the 8oz fillet steak with peppercorn sauce Nottingham’s favourite with the cut proving the most popular on the menu thus far. Rosangela Da Silva Santos Sousa, General Manager at Miller & Carter Wollaton, comments: “It’s not surprising that the 8oz fillet is our most popular steak. So tender you could almost cut it with a fork, the finely marbled fillet is widely regarded as the most premium of cuts. It also has the subtlest flavour.” “The team are excited to welcome more guests into the restaurant and we would encourage anyone who hasn’t been to the Miller & Carter Wollaton to come and enjoy an indulgent steak experience.” Miller & Carter serve the finest 30 day aged steak, using both wet and dry ageing techniques to provide the optimum succulence and flavour. There are 12 fantastic steak cuts to choose from; including a 30oz longbone Tomahawk, fillet-on-the-bone, and an award-winning sirloin steak. Each are individually hand cut by their butchers before they are grilled to perfection by their specially trained chefs. Thousands of cocktails have been shaken and stirred as a brand new bar opens in Nottingham. Be At One has the biggest cocktail menu the city has seen, serving over 150 different concoctions, and opened its doors on Victoria Street after totally transforming the venue, which used to be the Nirvana bar. The cocktail institution has over 30 sites across the UK and this is the first in the East Midlands, creating 16 new jobs in the city. Be At One prides itself on having fantastic bar staff, offering exceptional service and showmanship. The new Nottingham team all underwent an extensive training programme to ensure they give guests the best possible experience while preparing their drinks. It has one of the industry’s largest cocktail lists serving everything from blended specialties like the Popster, topped with sweet and salty popcorn, and reimagined classics such as the Gin Re-Fashioned. There are even healthier options in the virtuous range, which contain less alcohol and sugar. Beetroot juice, manuka honey and carrot juice are among the ingredients used to create cocktails like the Beetroot Retox, Bee’s Knees and FlameHaired Vixen. Co-founder and Director Steve Locke said: “We’ve had an absolutely phenomenal opening weekend. Thousands of cocktails have been made and we’ve had amazing feedback from our guests. Nottingham is a great city and the Hockley area in particular is really buzzing. “We take our drinks seriously and are consistently refining our menu and testing the drinks to keep improving them. We also pride ourselves on offering great customer service. “Our new bartenders are all local talent and were trained for nine weeks which costs £5,000 each. This training means that all our guests will be acknowledged within five seconds of reaching the bar. To my knowledge no-one else invests so much in training their bartenders.” Guests at Be At One can also use its awardwinning smartphone app, with a personalised ‘Appi Hour’ and a random daily £5 cocktail available through the ‘Be Appventurous’ feature. They can also make use of the private cocktail masterclasses, learning how to mix Be At One cocktails through games and races.
FOOD   DRINK  A taste of the traditional Situated in the quaint Nottinghamshire village of Cropwell Bishop in the Vale of ...
FOOD & DRINK 29 A restaurant you can bank on! Pizza Made Properly By Mackenzie Orrock The Italians may have trademarked the pizza back in the 1800s but The Rustic Crust is dominating the market when it comes to a modern take on the classic delicacy. It was in Italy where their story first began though, when the search for authentic food on their holiday to Rome 11 years ago saw owners Ross and Camille stumble upon a pizzeria that had life changing consequences for the food loving couple. After a mind blowing Roman thin crust left them with a taste for pizza made properly, it didn’t take long to realise that the only way to recreate it was to take matters into their own hands (quite literally) and so hours of research, a few failed attempts and some good old fashioned elbow grease later, Ross built their first traditional pizza oven in 2007. At first making the perfect pizza was nothing more than a hobby to share with the friends and family who would visit on weekends but once the two of them realised how unique their product was in a food market overwhelmed by a below average standard of pizza, the couple set about finding a way to show the people of Nottinghamshire what they’d been missing out on. The prospect of opening a dedicated pizza restaurant was something that Ross in particular was excited by but, having worked hard all their lives for what they’d got, a traditional eatery seemed like too much of a gamble. That’s where Poppy the Pizza Truck came in. The white Land Rover Defender named by the couple’s daughter Lucy and fitted out with a wood fire pizza oven was all the restaurant they needed. Now, local food markets, weddings and office events are everyday occurrences for The Rustic Crust, with their portable restaurant allowing them to take their passion for authentic pizza nationwide. The menu is seasonal but works around 10 pizzas that Ross and Camille have tried and tested. From feta, pesto and Italian sunblushed tomatoes to field mushroom and fresh garlic, it’s a selection that combines the classic and the contemporary to cater to every taste, but one thing remains the same whatever the topping, it’s all traditionally homemade the right way, even It’s been five months since the opening of Nottingham’s newest and spiciest addition to the restaurant scene, Masala Junction, so having allowed it to settle in, it was time for a visit. Four of us descended on what was once the Natwest Bank that presided majestically over people and motorists sweeping past the junction of Mansfield Road and Hucknall Road – hence the new name, Masala Junction, being so apt. The building, like the exterior lighting, is quite subtle and warmly appealing. There’s a small amount of customer parking immediately outside with more spaces available nearby. The restaurant itself is open and inviting with a feeling of easy charm. Unobtrusive music allows diners to enjoy each other’s conversations, as does the friendly service.. professional without being intrusive. Elegantly down to the Italian sausage. With the couple already taking bookings for 2018 and having gained a following of selfprofessed ‘Pizza Stalkers’ along the way, it’s fair to say they’ve taken the street food scene by storm but neither of them could have predicted their success. “We didn’t see it taking off we just thought we’ll go out a couple of times a week,” says Ross, but they couldn’t have been more wrong, with a whirlwind few years meaning the two of them are having to look towards what the future holds for The Rustic Crust and its ever growing fan base. Opening a restaurant remains the ultimate dream for the man behind the pizza van whilst Mrs Crust (as her husband likes to call her) is more content working outdoors. As far as the pizza making duo is concerned though, there are only two things that really matter: “As long as we’re happy doing it and as long as the product doesn’t change then that’s enough.” Visit www.therusticcrust.co.uk for information on where to find them next. Griddle & Shake is launching in Nottingham Local chef and entrepreneur, Ed Halls, will be launching the first Griddle & Shake restaurant at One Fletcher Gate, The Lace Market in November . Griddle & Shake aims to be the next evolution of high street burgers and ice cream shakes in the UK and is set to take the market by storm. Offering a wide selection of food and drink including a variety of burgers with unlimited toppings available, Griddle & Shake is destined to become the ultimate burger destination. Drinks will include craft lagers from the sustainable and longest-established craft lager brewer in Britain, Freedom Brewery, ciders from Kopparberg, Brewdog Punk IPA and a selection of unlimited refillable soft drinks. Griddle & Shake is working closely with local businesses to ensure that the restaurant will be a laid tables and equally elegant lighting complete the picture . It takes a serious amount of effort to appear to offer something so.. well… comfortable. The comprehensive menu is a reflection of a love for mouth-watering home cooked Indian food combined with the best dishes of any Indian restaurant. Check out the ‘special Desi Dish’ offering an exciting and flavourful insight to special occasion village dishes and the ‘special Tika Tak’, a wonderful interpretation of Lahore street food. From light, seasonal salads to signature lamb chops, pekoras to kebabs and so much more, the starters are beautifully presented and all served with homemade chutneys, sauces or relishes that bring the dish to life. The selection of mains is creative and honest with popular dishes alongside new and inspirational choices. The spices used throughout add balance and flavour rather than just heat. From slow cooked lamb and even goat, on the bone, to maximise flavour to the ever popular tikka masala dishes. We were truly happy with our choices but if we had to select just one… go for the Junction Balti.. it is, quite simply, superb. The reasonably priced wine list has been carefully put together, designed to suit the spices and flavours delivered by the kitchen. There’s also a great choice of beers – some locally brewed – spirits and soft drinks of course. Tasty, reasonably priced and a warm welcome to all… Masala Junction gets this diner’s vote. Masala Junction, 301 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG5 2DA. T. 0115 962 2366 www.masalajunction.co.uk huge success within Nottingham. Local interior designer, Tracey Annable is helping to design the fresh interior of Griddle & Shake, creating a unique, chilled vibe. Ed Halls, Founder of Griddle & Shake says: “I’ve chosen Nottingham as my first location for the Griddle & Shake brand due to it being such a vibrant and foodie city. I can’t wait to introduce everybody to the brand in November and to our bigger and better burgers, customisable shakes and unique menu offering”.
FOOD   DRINK  29  A restaurant you can bank on   Pizza Made Properly By Mackenzie Orrock The Italians may have trademarked...
FOOD & DRINK 29 A restaurant you can bank on! Pizza Made Properly By Mackenzie Orrock The Italians may have trademarked the pizza back in the 1800s but The Rustic Crust is dominating the market when it comes to a modern take on the classic delicacy. It was in Italy where their story first began though, when the search for authentic food on their holiday to Rome 11 years ago saw owners Ross and Camille stumble upon a pizzeria that had life changing consequences for the food loving couple. After a mind blowing Roman thin crust left them with a taste for pizza made properly, it didn’t take long to realise that the only way to recreate it was to take matters into their own hands (quite literally) and so hours of research, a few failed attempts and some good old fashioned elbow grease later, Ross built their first traditional pizza oven in 2007. At first making the perfect pizza was nothing more than a hobby to share with the friends and family who would visit on weekends but once the two of them realised how unique their product was in a food market overwhelmed by a below average standard of pizza, the couple set about finding a way to show the people of Nottinghamshire what they’d been missing out on. The prospect of opening a dedicated pizza restaurant was something that Ross in particular was excited by but, having worked hard all their lives for what they’d got, a traditional eatery seemed like too much of a gamble. That’s where Poppy the Pizza Truck came in. The white Land Rover Defender named by the couple’s daughter Lucy and fitted out with a wood fire pizza oven was all the restaurant they needed. Now, local food markets, weddings and office events are everyday occurrences for The Rustic Crust, with their portable restaurant allowing them to take their passion for authentic pizza nationwide. The menu is seasonal but works around 10 pizzas that Ross and Camille have tried and tested. From feta, pesto and Italian sunblushed tomatoes to field mushroom and fresh garlic, it’s a selection that combines the classic and the contemporary to cater to every taste, but one thing remains the same whatever the topping, it’s all traditionally homemade the right way, even It’s been five months since the opening of Nottingham’s newest and spiciest addition to the restaurant scene, Masala Junction, so having allowed it to settle in, it was time for a visit. Four of us descended on what was once the Natwest Bank that presided majestically over people and motorists sweeping past the junction of Mansfield Road and Hucknall Road – hence the new name, Masala Junction, being so apt. The building, like the exterior lighting, is quite subtle and warmly appealing. There’s a small amount of customer parking immediately outside with more spaces available nearby. The restaurant itself is open and inviting with a feeling of easy charm. Unobtrusive music allows diners to enjoy each other’s conversations, as does the friendly service.. professional without being intrusive. Elegantly down to the Italian sausage. With the couple already taking bookings for 2018 and having gained a following of selfprofessed ‘Pizza Stalkers’ along the way, it’s fair to say they’ve taken the street food scene by storm but neither of them could have predicted their success. “We didn’t see it taking off we just thought we’ll go out a couple of times a week,” says Ross, but they couldn’t have been more wrong, with a whirlwind few years meaning the two of them are having to look towards what the future holds for The Rustic Crust and its ever growing fan base. Opening a restaurant remains the ultimate dream for the man behind the pizza van whilst Mrs Crust (as her husband likes to call her) is more content working outdoors. As far as the pizza making duo is concerned though, there are only two things that really matter: “As long as we’re happy doing it and as long as the product doesn’t change then that’s enough.” Visit www.therusticcrust.co.uk for information on where to find them next. Griddle & Shake is launching in Nottingham Local chef and entrepreneur, Ed Halls, will be launching the first Griddle & Shake restaurant at One Fletcher Gate, The Lace Market in November . Griddle & Shake aims to be the next evolution of high street burgers and ice cream shakes in the UK and is set to take the market by storm. Offering a wide selection of food and drink including a variety of burgers with unlimited toppings available, Griddle & Shake is destined to become the ultimate burger destination. Drinks will include craft lagers from the sustainable and longest-established craft lager brewer in Britain, Freedom Brewery, ciders from Kopparberg, Brewdog Punk IPA and a selection of unlimited refillable soft drinks. Griddle & Shake is working closely with local businesses to ensure that the restaurant will be a laid tables and equally elegant lighting complete the picture . It takes a serious amount of effort to appear to offer something so.. well… comfortable. The comprehensive menu is a reflection of a love for mouth-watering home cooked Indian food combined with the best dishes of any Indian restaurant. Check out the ‘special Desi Dish’ offering an exciting and flavourful insight to special occasion village dishes and the ‘special Tika Tak’, a wonderful interpretation of Lahore street food. From light, seasonal salads to signature lamb chops, pekoras to kebabs and so much more, the starters are beautifully presented and all served with homemade chutneys, sauces or relishes that bring the dish to life. The selection of mains is creative and honest with popular dishes alongside new and inspirational choices. The spices used throughout add balance and flavour rather than just heat. From slow cooked lamb and even goat, on the bone, to maximise flavour to the ever popular tikka masala dishes. We were truly happy with our choices but if we had to select just one… go for the Junction Balti.. it is, quite simply, superb. The reasonably priced wine list has been carefully put together, designed to suit the spices and flavours delivered by the kitchen. There’s also a great choice of beers – some locally brewed – spirits and soft drinks of course. Tasty, reasonably priced and a warm welcome to all… Masala Junction gets this diner’s vote. Masala Junction, 301 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG5 2DA. T. 0115 962 2366 www.masalajunction.co.uk huge success within Nottingham. Local interior designer, Tracey Annable is helping to design the fresh interior of Griddle & Shake, creating a unique, chilled vibe. Ed Halls, Founder of Griddle & Shake says: “I’ve chosen Nottingham as my first location for the Griddle & Shake brand due to it being such a vibrant and foodie city. I can’t wait to introduce everybody to the brand in November and to our bigger and better burgers, customisable shakes and unique menu offering”.
FOOD   DRINK  29  A restaurant you can bank on   Pizza Made Properly By Mackenzie Orrock The Italians may have trademarked...
30 FOOD & DRINK Brewing up a storm W hat Elaine McGreade doesn’t know about real ales isn’t worth knowing. The proper name for a female brewer, how to tell if your beer is off or the number of miles to the closest brewery - you name it she knows it. But it wasn’t always her area of expertise. As a pale lager drinker Elaine had dabbled very little into the world of real ales until she met her husband. With a taste for real and mostly dark ales, it was he that first introduced her to beer festivals both locally and across the country and, since lager was off the menu at almost all of them, she soon became accustomed to her husband’s tipple of choice. It was only once Elaine’s clerical role at the local hospital was thrown into turmoil that she considered pursuing it as a business though. Selling bottled real ales was an idea she coincidently had sat in the café next door to her current shop and, with her husband on board, she took the leap of faith opening the rather appropriately named ‘Hops in a Bottle’ in 2011. “I was a total novice,” she confesses, but that’s far from an accurate description of her now. With four customer service awards under her belt and an ever expanding range of bottled beers, throwing herself in at the deep end was a risk that more than paid off. It’s fair to say that it hasn’t all been plain sailing though; Elaine has faced a town of people who have drunk the local brewery’s beer and little else for years. “The mind-set of Mansfield is Mansfield beer,” she explains. With many of the locals employed by the town’s brewery, Elaine has had her work cut out for her educating the people of Mansfield on the huge variety of real ales on the market but eventually, almost five years since she set up shop, she feels she’s starting to make progress. From pale and Indian pale ales to red and dark varieties, Hops in a Bottle is an ale lover’s happy place. The shelves are bursting with real ales and ciders from across the country but Elaine makes local stock a priority with produce coming from as close as Hucknall, just nine miles from the shop in Mansfield town centre. She’s even got flavoured ales like ginger, chocolate and dark cherry for anyone with more adventurous taste buds. The selection process isn’t one she takes lightly either. From the packaging to the price and of course tasting samples (a task she jokingly describes as “the worst part of the job”), Elaine is 100% involved in choosing each and every bottle that makes it to her shelves and takes only the very best of her collection to local markets where she exhibits. With the shop’s 5th anniversary coming up in December, Elaine is showing no signs of slowing down. Her website is soon to stock the whole Hops in a Bottle range online and she’s determined to continue on her mission educating the nation on its finest real ales, adding to her growing collection of awards along the way. www.hopsinabottle.co.uk Owner: Elaine McGreade “Ive got a three strike policy. If the beer isnt good enough, I won’t have it again.”
30  FOOD   DRINK  Brewing up a storm  W  hat Elaine McGreade doesn   t know about real ales isn   t worth knowing. The pro...
30 FOOD & DRINK Brewing up a storm W hat Elaine McGreade doesn’t know about real ales isn’t worth knowing. The proper name for a female brewer, how to tell if your beer is off or the number of miles to the closest brewery - you name it she knows it. But it wasn’t always her area of expertise. As a pale lager drinker Elaine had dabbled very little into the world of real ales until she met her husband. With a taste for real and mostly dark ales, it was he that first introduced her to beer festivals both locally and across the country and, since lager was off the menu at almost all of them, she soon became accustomed to her husband’s tipple of choice. It was only once Elaine’s clerical role at the local hospital was thrown into turmoil that she considered pursuing it as a business though. Selling bottled real ales was an idea she coincidently had sat in the café next door to her current shop and, with her husband on board, she took the leap of faith opening the rather appropriately named ‘Hops in a Bottle’ in 2011. “I was a total novice,” she confesses, but that’s far from an accurate description of her now. With four customer service awards under her belt and an ever expanding range of bottled beers, throwing herself in at the deep end was a risk that more than paid off. It’s fair to say that it hasn’t all been plain sailing though; Elaine has faced a town of people who have drunk the local brewery’s beer and little else for years. “The mind-set of Mansfield is Mansfield beer,” she explains. With many of the locals employed by the town’s brewery, Elaine has had her work cut out for her educating the people of Mansfield on the huge variety of real ales on the market but eventually, almost five years since she set up shop, she feels she’s starting to make progress. From pale and Indian pale ales to red and dark varieties, Hops in a Bottle is an ale lover’s happy place. The shelves are bursting with real ales and ciders from across the country but Elaine makes local stock a priority with produce coming from as close as Hucknall, just nine miles from the shop in Mansfield town centre. She’s even got flavoured ales like ginger, chocolate and dark cherry for anyone with more adventurous taste buds. The selection process isn’t one she takes lightly either. From the packaging to the price and of course tasting samples (a task she jokingly describes as “the worst part of the job”), Elaine is 100% involved in choosing each and every bottle that makes it to her shelves and takes only the very best of her collection to local markets where she exhibits. With the shop’s 5th anniversary coming up in December, Elaine is showing no signs of slowing down. Her website is soon to stock the whole Hops in a Bottle range online and she’s determined to continue on her mission educating the nation on its finest real ales, adding to her growing collection of awards along the way. www.hopsinabottle.co.uk Owner: Elaine McGreade “Ive got a three strike policy. If the beer isnt good enough, I won’t have it again.”
30  FOOD   DRINK  Brewing up a storm  W  hat Elaine McGreade doesn   t know about real ales isn   t worth knowing. The pro...
RUDDINGTON 32 It’s crazy to think how early people need to start planning out their future. We need to know from the age of 14 what we want to do for the rest of our lives in order to pick the correct subjects; a very daunting thought indeed (especially when we still need to ask permission to go to the toilet in class). Giving a young person the responsibility of controlling their own future is a huge pressure since most of our growing up has to be done simultaneously with exams, social lives and extracurricular activities, but, you can’t deny the fact that school accounts for the best years of a person’s life. Yes it’s granted that school isn’t the most enjoyable experience for all people but without even having left yet, I know that I’m going to miss it dearly when moving on in the world. Learning to maintain a healthy balance between all aspects of life can be extremely challenging, for example at the moment I have exams to study for, I’m preparing for next year’s studies, learning to drive, completing my Duke of Edinburgh silver award, doing shifts every weekend, writing my personal statement, trying to choose if I actually want to go to university as well as maintaining my social life and fulfilling physiological needs such as eating and sleeping; all whilst under immense stress, brill! Despite the never-ending list of things to do, school offers a whole lot of support and provides you with the perseverance and tenacity to succeed in what you want to do. The truth is, very few people start their school life knowing exactly what they want to be or where they want to go due to the considerable range of possibilities (anyone that tells you they have never changed their mind is lying!). Ever since I was young, my Having just started the process of applying to university, I’m starting to contemplate a range of very diverse options for my future. I want to settle down eventually but there are so many years that bridge the gap between teenager and adult. I have always said that I’m going to go to university straightaway simply based on the fact that I believed that was the bogstandard thing to do, unaware of anything else. Lately, it has occurred to me that I don’t want to leave 14 years of education to jump straight back in - I want to travel and see the world before I lose the chance to do so because who knows if I’m ever going to get that chance again? I mean don’t get me wrong- of course if you have your heart set on university then go do it but my worst regret would be rushing into my life before actually giving myself the chance to live it. I think university has to cross my mind at some point but if I’m not ready to tackle it yet, I don’t have to be- that’s one of the scariest yet astounding things about the world today, you can be or do literally ANYTHING you want therefore following your dream somehow seems that much simpler. A Rural Village By Maddie Storey uddington is a beautiful little village South of Nottingham city centre full of shops, cafes and parks. Rich with history, Ruddington is home to three museums and once had a station of the former Great Central Railway which closed for passenger travel in 1969, of which part R RUDDINGTON ANNUAL EVENTS Throughout the year, lots of events take place in Ruddington, for example beer and food festivals which celebrate and publicise brands in the village. Ruddfest which offers family activities, drinks, BBQ food etc. and seasonal markets for Christmas are just a couple of examples. The strong community and close proximity provides a friendly, warm atmosphere for anyone in the village, local or not. still exists as a heritage railway in the south section to Loughborough. The Ruddington Village museum contains preserved chemists, ironmongers and the first chip shops from the Edwardian era whilst The Framework Knitter’s Museum conceals the cottages and outbuildings that display the living and working conditions of the framework knitters in the 19th century. It also contains one of the only remaining working framework knitting machines in the country. “ This small village is full of life with everything you could want from delicatessens and fruit shops to hardware stores and barbers, beauty parlours and supermarkets to cafes and chemists. “ Maddie’s ‘Storey’ heart was set on writing. Books at first, I idolised JK Rowling for creating the wizarding world of Harry Potter, there was always something highly intriguing about the notion of creating your own world exactly the way you want it. Until I was 13 I had never considered going into media due to my fascination for fictional writing, until my English teacher read one of my re-creative pieces in the form of an article and told me she thought I’d make an insightful journalist, a comment of which I was incredibly proud and therefore I was determined to fulfil. But even now at 17 years of age I can put my hand on my heart and tell you that I have no clue where I’m going to be in 2 years’ time, quite honestly, I don’t even know what I’m having for dinner tonight. 33 By Maddie Storey The daily hustle and bustle of Ruddington village fills the streets with life as people take their children to school and go to work; the high street is lined with bakeries, cake shops, charity shops and different types of takeaways and restaurants including a fish and chip shop and two Indians as well as a physiotherapist, chiropractor and much more. Ruddington is also home to seven pubs all serving fine ales and great food throughout the week, the perfect place to take your family for a bite to eat or a quick drink in the sunshine. Situated near Clifton, West Bridgford and Nottingham city centre, Ruddington offers easy public transport and access to various closely surrounding locations, providing you with everything you could want. A lively yet peaceful village with churches, halls and schools making it a family-friendly environment at all times. Ruddington Country Park is something which attracts people from near and far due to luscious open green spaces, perfect for picnics, days out and dog walks. The country park offers something for everyone especially on a summer’s day when you can spend countless hours sprawled out on the grass or wandering through the woodlands. If it’s a tempting pub lunch in the sunshine or a potter around the shops you desire, Ruddington offers a diverse range of facilities, satisfying the needs of anything a person could possibly want.
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RUDDINGTON 32 It’s crazy to think how early people need to start planning out their future. We need to know from the age of 14 what we want to do for the rest of our lives in order to pick the correct subjects; a very daunting thought indeed (especially when we still need to ask permission to go to the toilet in class). Giving a young person the responsibility of controlling their own future is a huge pressure since most of our growing up has to be done simultaneously with exams, social lives and extracurricular activities, but, you can’t deny the fact that school accounts for the best years of a person’s life. Yes it’s granted that school isn’t the most enjoyable experience for all people but without even having left yet, I know that I’m going to miss it dearly when moving on in the world. Learning to maintain a healthy balance between all aspects of life can be extremely challenging, for example at the moment I have exams to study for, I’m preparing for next year’s studies, learning to drive, completing my Duke of Edinburgh silver award, doing shifts every weekend, writing my personal statement, trying to choose if I actually want to go to university as well as maintaining my social life and fulfilling physiological needs such as eating and sleeping; all whilst under immense stress, brill! Despite the never-ending list of things to do, school offers a whole lot of support and provides you with the perseverance and tenacity to succeed in what you want to do. The truth is, very few people start their school life knowing exactly what they want to be or where they want to go due to the considerable range of possibilities (anyone that tells you they have never changed their mind is lying!). Ever since I was young, my Having just started the process of applying to university, I’m starting to contemplate a range of very diverse options for my future. I want to settle down eventually but there are so many years that bridge the gap between teenager and adult. I have always said that I’m going to go to university straightaway simply based on the fact that I believed that was the bogstandard thing to do, unaware of anything else. Lately, it has occurred to me that I don’t want to leave 14 years of education to jump straight back in - I want to travel and see the world before I lose the chance to do so because who knows if I’m ever going to get that chance again? I mean don’t get me wrong- of course if you have your heart set on university then go do it but my worst regret would be rushing into my life before actually giving myself the chance to live it. I think university has to cross my mind at some point but if I’m not ready to tackle it yet, I don’t have to be- that’s one of the scariest yet astounding things about the world today, you can be or do literally ANYTHING you want therefore following your dream somehow seems that much simpler. A Rural Village By Maddie Storey uddington is a beautiful little village South of Nottingham city centre full of shops, cafes and parks. Rich with history, Ruddington is home to three museums and once had a station of the former Great Central Railway which closed for passenger travel in 1969, of which part R RUDDINGTON ANNUAL EVENTS Throughout the year, lots of events take place in Ruddington, for example beer and food festivals which celebrate and publicise brands in the village. Ruddfest which offers family activities, drinks, BBQ food etc. and seasonal markets for Christmas are just a couple of examples. The strong community and close proximity provides a friendly, warm atmosphere for anyone in the village, local or not. still exists as a heritage railway in the south section to Loughborough. The Ruddington Village museum contains preserved chemists, ironmongers and the first chip shops from the Edwardian era whilst The Framework Knitter’s Museum conceals the cottages and outbuildings that display the living and working conditions of the framework knitters in the 19th century. It also contains one of the only remaining working framework knitting machines in the country. “ This small village is full of life with everything you could want from delicatessens and fruit shops to hardware stores and barbers, beauty parlours and supermarkets to cafes and chemists. “ Maddie’s ‘Storey’ heart was set on writing. Books at first, I idolised JK Rowling for creating the wizarding world of Harry Potter, there was always something highly intriguing about the notion of creating your own world exactly the way you want it. Until I was 13 I had never considered going into media due to my fascination for fictional writing, until my English teacher read one of my re-creative pieces in the form of an article and told me she thought I’d make an insightful journalist, a comment of which I was incredibly proud and therefore I was determined to fulfil. But even now at 17 years of age I can put my hand on my heart and tell you that I have no clue where I’m going to be in 2 years’ time, quite honestly, I don’t even know what I’m having for dinner tonight. 33 By Maddie Storey The daily hustle and bustle of Ruddington village fills the streets with life as people take their children to school and go to work; the high street is lined with bakeries, cake shops, charity shops and different types of takeaways and restaurants including a fish and chip shop and two Indians as well as a physiotherapist, chiropractor and much more. Ruddington is also home to seven pubs all serving fine ales and great food throughout the week, the perfect place to take your family for a bite to eat or a quick drink in the sunshine. Situated near Clifton, West Bridgford and Nottingham city centre, Ruddington offers easy public transport and access to various closely surrounding locations, providing you with everything you could want. A lively yet peaceful village with churches, halls and schools making it a family-friendly environment at all times. Ruddington Country Park is something which attracts people from near and far due to luscious open green spaces, perfect for picnics, days out and dog walks. The country park offers something for everyone especially on a summer’s day when you can spend countless hours sprawled out on the grass or wandering through the woodlands. If it’s a tempting pub lunch in the sunshine or a potter around the shops you desire, Ruddington offers a diverse range of facilities, satisfying the needs of anything a person could possibly want.
RUDDINGTON  32  It   s crazy to think how early people need to start planning out their future. We need to know from the a...
The Angel Ball Celebrates 10 successful years 35 Darren Everest & Mike Crawshaw (The Overtones), Kevin Copper, Dan Osbourne (TOWIE) Charles & Victoria Trafford The Angel Ball was created by Nottingham based PR company Big Table in 2006 to celebrate the life of a very close friend who lost her battle to breast cancer. Since then, sadly cancer has affected so many of us and more friends and family have been lost to this awful disease. The Ball has become an annual event to celebrate the lives and achievements of all our lost ‘Angels’ and allows people to make a difference by raising money for some amazing charities. Over the last 10 years the event has raised over £150,000 for mainly local charities including Maggies, PROSTaid and PASIC. Last year £21,000 was raised for the nominated charity, the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre located at Nottingham Trent University, which is also the chosen charity for 2016. The centre is a unique, purpose-built scientific facility staffed by scientists whose aim it is to save lives and speed recovery by improving diagnosis and, therefore, treatment of the disease. The generously donated auction prizes include a VIP box to see Jack Whitehall at the Motorpoint Arena, a dinner party in your Christopher Biggins & Alison Shelton own home courtesy of the team at The White Horse in Ruddington and Paul Smith designer luggage. Last year TV personality, Christopher Biggins, surprised everyone by standing up and auctioning himself off to host an exclusive dinner party at The Walton Hotel… it was so popular he had to do it twice! This year’s main sponsor is The Walton Hotel who have supported the Angel Ball for several years. Alice Shelton, owner, comments “Sponsoring this prestigious event is a natural fit for us. We all know people whose lives have been affected by cancer, and the John Van Geest Centre here in Nottingham is doing world leading research – something we are privileged to support” Alice adds, “The run-in to Christmas and New Year is always a busy time at the hotel and coincides nicely with the Angel Ball as we get the festivities underway. We’re looking forward to another amazing night.” Other sponsors include Nottingham based accountancy firm, Keith Willis Associates, Keith comments, “We’ve been privileged to be sponsors of the Angel Ball since its inception, the Angel Ball ticks two very important boxes, fundraising for worthy causes and a fantastic night out. I was honoured to visit the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre last year, the work they do there is just mind blowing and a fantastic charity to support. The Angel Ball is simply the best around and kicks off the beginning of the festive season with an almighty bang, here’s to the next 10 years!”. Robert Beacham, co-owner of Bistrot Pierre, another important supporter, said: “As a longstanding Nottingham business we are well aware of the incredible fundraising efforts of the Angel Ball and are proud to be involved in the event.” ALEA Casino are sponsoring the photobooth again this year and are also hosting the after party. Carrie Nelmes, Marketing Manager for ALEA, said ““ALEA Nottingham is immensely proud to be able to support such an incredible event once again. Last year, along with other Angel Ball sponsors, we witnessed first-hand the ground-breaking science and research that takes place at the centre. I was so inspired by the visit that I now sit on the board for John Van Geest”. • Pictures taken during the 2015 ball •
The Angel Ball Celebrates 10 successful years  35  Darren Everest   Mike Crawshaw  The Overtones , Kevin Copper, Dan Osbou...
The Angel Ball Celebrates 10 successful years 35 Darren Everest & Mike Crawshaw (The Overtones), Kevin Copper, Dan Osbourne (TOWIE) Charles & Victoria Trafford The Angel Ball was created by Nottingham based PR company Big Table in 2006 to celebrate the life of a very close friend who lost her battle to breast cancer. Since then, sadly cancer has affected so many of us and more friends and family have been lost to this awful disease. The Ball has become an annual event to celebrate the lives and achievements of all our lost ‘Angels’ and allows people to make a difference by raising money for some amazing charities. Over the last 10 years the event has raised over £150,000 for mainly local charities including Maggies, PROSTaid and PASIC. Last year £21,000 was raised for the nominated charity, the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre located at Nottingham Trent University, which is also the chosen charity for 2016. The centre is a unique, purpose-built scientific facility staffed by scientists whose aim it is to save lives and speed recovery by improving diagnosis and, therefore, treatment of the disease. The generously donated auction prizes include a VIP box to see Jack Whitehall at the Motorpoint Arena, a dinner party in your Christopher Biggins & Alison Shelton own home courtesy of the team at The White Horse in Ruddington and Paul Smith designer luggage. Last year TV personality, Christopher Biggins, surprised everyone by standing up and auctioning himself off to host an exclusive dinner party at The Walton Hotel… it was so popular he had to do it twice! This year’s main sponsor is The Walton Hotel who have supported the Angel Ball for several years. Alice Shelton, owner, comments “Sponsoring this prestigious event is a natural fit for us. We all know people whose lives have been affected by cancer, and the John Van Geest Centre here in Nottingham is doing world leading research – something we are privileged to support” Alice adds, “The run-in to Christmas and New Year is always a busy time at the hotel and coincides nicely with the Angel Ball as we get the festivities underway. We’re looking forward to another amazing night.” Other sponsors include Nottingham based accountancy firm, Keith Willis Associates, Keith comments, “We’ve been privileged to be sponsors of the Angel Ball since its inception, the Angel Ball ticks two very important boxes, fundraising for worthy causes and a fantastic night out. I was honoured to visit the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre last year, the work they do there is just mind blowing and a fantastic charity to support. The Angel Ball is simply the best around and kicks off the beginning of the festive season with an almighty bang, here’s to the next 10 years!”. Robert Beacham, co-owner of Bistrot Pierre, another important supporter, said: “As a longstanding Nottingham business we are well aware of the incredible fundraising efforts of the Angel Ball and are proud to be involved in the event.” ALEA Casino are sponsoring the photobooth again this year and are also hosting the after party. Carrie Nelmes, Marketing Manager for ALEA, said ““ALEA Nottingham is immensely proud to be able to support such an incredible event once again. Last year, along with other Angel Ball sponsors, we witnessed first-hand the ground-breaking science and research that takes place at the centre. I was so inspired by the visit that I now sit on the board for John Van Geest”. • Pictures taken during the 2015 ball •
The Angel Ball Celebrates 10 successful years  35  Darren Everest   Mike Crawshaw  The Overtones , Kevin Copper, Dan Osbou...
36 ENTERTAINMENT What’s on in Notts 37 Everyone loves a night of entertainment but sometimes it can be difficult deciding what to see. You want something perfectly suited to your needs whether your interest is comedy, drama or music so we are providing you with the information on just some of the exciting upcoming productions in Nottinghamshire to make your decision that much easier. David Essex Expect amazing family fun, booing, cheering, singing and endless laughing at this extremely magical performance. 5th November, Nottingham Royal Concert hall David Essex OBE renowned international singer, composer and actor announces his first major tour where he will perform his most loved hits from the last 50 years. Sensational 60’s experience 9th November, Nottingham Royal Concert hall Seven legendary names from the 60’s return to the stage to display a dazzling performance of all their best hits. Returning by popular demand for one night only, see Herman’s Hermits, The Merseybeats, Chris Farlowe, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Ivy League and New Amen Corner, hosted by Alan Mosca from Freddie and the dreamers. Nottingham Comedy Festival 4th-12th November Nottingham comedy festival features people from all over Nottingham showcasing their comedic talents to anyone wishing to laugh their socks off. Jeremy Hardy Sweeney Todd 8th-12th November, Mansfield Palace theatre An all-time favourite guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat. The Catherine Tate show 25th and 26th November, Nottingham Royal Concert hall The award-winning comedy travels across the country this winter to bring you brand new comedy sketches from your favourite loved characters from the BBC show. Peter Pan (pantomime) 26th November-31st December, Mansfield Palace Theatre 13th November, Nottingham Playhouse Delve into the magic of Neverland in this fun for all the family pantomime. Get ready to sing your heart out alongside much loved characters. Romeo and Juliet Rod Stewart Jeremy Hardy begins his 4th decade of standup comedy shows. He has been performing his shows non-stop since 1984 and after his time off, he’s back and funnier than ever in 2016! 13th November, Mansfield Palace Theatre Experience the elegant display of ballet as the cast recreate the complex world of the Montague’s and Capulet’s star-crossed lovers via dance. Jon Ronson: Psychopath night 15th November, Nottingham Playhouse Jon Ronson recounts the compelling and twisted stories behind his best-selling book that allows the audience to delve into the mind of a psychopath, including very special guest stars who helped with the creation of the book. 10th December, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Music legend Rod Stewart is going to be singing old hits and brand new songs on his ‘From Gasoline Alley to Another Country’ 2016 UK tour. André Rieu 17th December, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham André and his 60 piece orchestra are coming to Nottingham to deliver a sensational performance to enthusiastic fans. Family Carol Concert Billy Bragg and Joe Henry 19th December, Nottingham Royal Concert hall Join Billy and Joe as they perform their classic railroad songs at the Nottingham Playhouse. With guitars in hand, they’ll be showcasing some of their classic folk music on their ‘Shine a Light’ tour. Simply Red 17th November, Nottingham Playhouse Sean Lock 17th November, Nottingham Royal Concert hall Sean Lock returns with another stand-up show, pleasing his fans yet again with a guaranteed hysterical night. Aladdin (pantomime) 25th November- 21st January, Nottingham Playhouse Join Aladdin on his magic carpet as he tries to win the heart of Princess Jasmine, the perfect festive pantomime treat for everyone. Bring cheer to your festive season by going along to the family carol concert. 23rd November, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Simply Red are touring this year to perform their album ‘Stars’ as well as many more classic Simply Red hits. Jack Whitehall 14th February, Motorpoint arena Nottingham Whitehall takes to the stage once again in front of eager fans to deliver his effortless humour and charm. The Woman in Black 20th-25th February, Theatre Royal Nottingham A spine-chilling horror based on the novel by Susan Hill comes to life in this compelling, creepy production. The Best of British Entertainment Don’t miss out! Buy your tickets now for the annual RAF in Concert Tour which will be visiting the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Saturday 19 November. Enjoy an evening of first class entertainment performed by leading musicians from the Bands of the Royal Air Force (as seen at the Festival of Remembrance and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo) who will be joined on stage by vocalists Squadron Leader Matthew Little and West End performer Sarah Francis. The programme of music, compered by Radio 2’s Ken Bruce, includes an inspirational mix of show tunes, classical pieces, legendary big band numbers and stirring military marches including Dambusters March, Chariots of Fire, Devil’s Gallop, Bring Me Sunshine, 633 Squadron, Impossible Dream, O Fortuna, Crown Imperial and the RAF March Past. For more information please go to www.rafinconcert.com.
36  ENTERTAINMENT  What   s on in Notts  37  Everyone loves a night of entertainment but sometimes it can be difficult dec...
36 ENTERTAINMENT What’s on in Notts 37 Everyone loves a night of entertainment but sometimes it can be difficult deciding what to see. You want something perfectly suited to your needs whether your interest is comedy, drama or music so we are providing you with the information on just some of the exciting upcoming productions in Nottinghamshire to make your decision that much easier. David Essex Expect amazing family fun, booing, cheering, singing and endless laughing at this extremely magical performance. 5th November, Nottingham Royal Concert hall David Essex OBE renowned international singer, composer and actor announces his first major tour where he will perform his most loved hits from the last 50 years. Sensational 60’s experience 9th November, Nottingham Royal Concert hall Seven legendary names from the 60’s return to the stage to display a dazzling performance of all their best hits. Returning by popular demand for one night only, see Herman’s Hermits, The Merseybeats, Chris Farlowe, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Ivy League and New Amen Corner, hosted by Alan Mosca from Freddie and the dreamers. Nottingham Comedy Festival 4th-12th November Nottingham comedy festival features people from all over Nottingham showcasing their comedic talents to anyone wishing to laugh their socks off. Jeremy Hardy Sweeney Todd 8th-12th November, Mansfield Palace theatre An all-time favourite guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat. The Catherine Tate show 25th and 26th November, Nottingham Royal Concert hall The award-winning comedy travels across the country this winter to bring you brand new comedy sketches from your favourite loved characters from the BBC show. Peter Pan (pantomime) 26th November-31st December, Mansfield Palace Theatre 13th November, Nottingham Playhouse Delve into the magic of Neverland in this fun for all the family pantomime. Get ready to sing your heart out alongside much loved characters. Romeo and Juliet Rod Stewart Jeremy Hardy begins his 4th decade of standup comedy shows. He has been performing his shows non-stop since 1984 and after his time off, he’s back and funnier than ever in 2016! 13th November, Mansfield Palace Theatre Experience the elegant display of ballet as the cast recreate the complex world of the Montague’s and Capulet’s star-crossed lovers via dance. Jon Ronson: Psychopath night 15th November, Nottingham Playhouse Jon Ronson recounts the compelling and twisted stories behind his best-selling book that allows the audience to delve into the mind of a psychopath, including very special guest stars who helped with the creation of the book. 10th December, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Music legend Rod Stewart is going to be singing old hits and brand new songs on his ‘From Gasoline Alley to Another Country’ 2016 UK tour. André Rieu 17th December, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham André and his 60 piece orchestra are coming to Nottingham to deliver a sensational performance to enthusiastic fans. Family Carol Concert Billy Bragg and Joe Henry 19th December, Nottingham Royal Concert hall Join Billy and Joe as they perform their classic railroad songs at the Nottingham Playhouse. With guitars in hand, they’ll be showcasing some of their classic folk music on their ‘Shine a Light’ tour. Simply Red 17th November, Nottingham Playhouse Sean Lock 17th November, Nottingham Royal Concert hall Sean Lock returns with another stand-up show, pleasing his fans yet again with a guaranteed hysterical night. Aladdin (pantomime) 25th November- 21st January, Nottingham Playhouse Join Aladdin on his magic carpet as he tries to win the heart of Princess Jasmine, the perfect festive pantomime treat for everyone. Bring cheer to your festive season by going along to the family carol concert. 23rd November, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Simply Red are touring this year to perform their album ‘Stars’ as well as many more classic Simply Red hits. Jack Whitehall 14th February, Motorpoint arena Nottingham Whitehall takes to the stage once again in front of eager fans to deliver his effortless humour and charm. The Woman in Black 20th-25th February, Theatre Royal Nottingham A spine-chilling horror based on the novel by Susan Hill comes to life in this compelling, creepy production. The Best of British Entertainment Don’t miss out! Buy your tickets now for the annual RAF in Concert Tour which will be visiting the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Saturday 19 November. Enjoy an evening of first class entertainment performed by leading musicians from the Bands of the Royal Air Force (as seen at the Festival of Remembrance and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo) who will be joined on stage by vocalists Squadron Leader Matthew Little and West End performer Sarah Francis. The programme of music, compered by Radio 2’s Ken Bruce, includes an inspirational mix of show tunes, classical pieces, legendary big band numbers and stirring military marches including Dambusters March, Chariots of Fire, Devil’s Gallop, Bring Me Sunshine, 633 Squadron, Impossible Dream, O Fortuna, Crown Imperial and the RAF March Past. For more information please go to www.rafinconcert.com.
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38 A pint of real Al It really gets people singing along at the end, even if only to drown the bagpipes out. It’s the sort of attention to detail I put into the show, you see! - Which might surprise a lot of people... - Did the international press get that it was a character? Tommy Holgate meets Pub Landlord funnyman... In many ways, Al Murray is the Robin Hood of comedy - taking from the rich and giving to the poor. As the descendant of a Scottish Duke, the Oxford graduate has received great life experience from the wealthy and, with his multiaward winning Pub Landlord character, he is passing great life wisdom to the common masses. OK, so it’s a spurious connection to make but we are a Nottingham-loving magazine and the Merry Man of laughter is coming here to perform at the Playhouse as part of his current tour, Let’s Go Backwards Together. Here, the man behind the myth sits down for a chat with Nottinghamshire Aspect as he embarks on a Hero’s Journey... - Hey Al, great to see you. We’re excited that you’ll be coming back to Nottingham. How has the tour been going so far? Great thanks. I’m singing two songs in this show, both of which are really fun. One is the internet song, which comes just before the interval, and the other is a rousing closer, with bagpipes. When I sent the finale piece off to a composer friend of mine, he said, ‘This really needs bagpipes. Luckily he can play them, so it was a no-brainer. “ Yes, people think I just make it up as I go along, and spill beer all over the front row. There’s still an element of that of course! - I’m guessing the use of such a celebrated Scottish instrument means the show will be celebrating Britain. Is the Landlord happy about Brexit? Oh, absolutely. It’s what he has been going on about for the past 20 years. Brexit is not even the elephant in the room is it? It is the room. But it’s got that Farage Factor about it, the whole ‘be careful what you wish for’ thing. Now that they’ve both got what they want, what do they want next? What will make him happy now? - What will make the Landlord happy now that Brexit has occurred? The Landlord? Happy? Well that would be dreaming the impossible dream. I think people will be surprised by his take on the whole thing. I won’t say too much as I like to keep people guessing. Nottingham people are always up for a laugh - How is this tour different to previous outings? There’s an extra energy on this tour due to the Landlord’s foray into politics [Al ran in the 2015 General Election, standing against Nigel Farage in the South Thanet constituency] and the whole issue of the EU. The character has become increasingly political over the last 2/3 years, which I think correlates with my own increased involvement in Twitter and social media. People are much more interested in it on the whole I think, because debates and topics can be kicked around online a lot more easily Brexit is just the beginning really, I’m interested to see if people will still be on about it when I come to Nottingham in March, which I am pretty sure they will be. I think it’ll be the major issue for the next 10 years. This show marks a call for national unity, a call for leadership. And of course any call for leadership is an offering to do it yourself. It’s time for a new politics led by the Landlord. “ - What has increased the Landlord’s interest in politics - and public discussion thereof - in general? Oh it’s since we’ve had a Tory government for sure. When there is a Labour government there is almost an unspoken thing with comedians that they don’t slag them off, because comedians as a whole are very left wing and don’t want to let the side down, so to speak. The Landlord would just plough on regardless of who is in power though. When we had a Labour government for 13 years, he was thrilled about Tony Blair and the Iraq situation because it meant there was a possibility of winning a 3rd World War! Political heavyweight ... Murray ran against Nigel Farage in the 2015 General Election ENTERTAINMENT count, the world’s media were there and it felt like being in the eye of a storm, right in the middle of a world event. I was slightly surprised by the number of votes, which was 318. I like the fact that the Landlord becomes sort of drunk on power with the 318 voters. I thought I might get at least 500, but it’s worked out well because 318 is a very significant figure. It’s exactly the number of MPs the Tories got, so I can say that, with 318, the Landlord is ‘in line with what the public want’. Also there is a part in the bible where Abraham goes to war, and 318 is the number of soldiers he had, so it is a very Kabbalic number. The great thing about Britain is that politics is a very open door. If you want to run for Parliament, you can run for Parliament. It costs you the £500 deposit but if you can gather that together, you can run, it’s as simple as that! - What was it like running for Parliament? Hilarious and surreal in equal measure. At the moment of the 39 Absolutely. The non-UK media all knew. They think, ‘of course it’s a character and a joke’. They know that what the Landlord says is what some - but not all - Brits think. They get it straight away. - You spend a lot of time on social media. How much do you think the current age of internet communication has influenced political discussion? Oh, a huge amount. Nowadays you can Tweet a 15-second clip from Newsnight and it goes viral. The problem is that politics is actually very long-form, so boiling it down to simple things is dangerous. For example look at Donald Trump, he boils things down to simple soundbites. When an opposing figure boils things down it can seem bad, but we don’t necessarily acknowledge it when it happens the other way around. There is a 50/50 chance that Donald Trump could become President of the United States. When you think about it like that, it is actually very scary. When those Americans go into that polling booth they only have two choices, and he is one of them. Madness. Tour de Farce ... Joker pulls Winston Churchill pose in promo pic - You are active online and enjoy getting involved in various ‘discussions’ let’s say [I promised not to write the word ‘conflicts’, so won’t, honest]... Haha, I like to call it ‘sport’. It passes the time while I’m in the car [not driving I hope, Ed]. People keep having a go, and it’s always the same bloody thing, saying I’m part of the 1% and quoting my family lineage saying I’m part of some elite society because my 5th Great Grandad was a Duke. They find this out by looking on Wikipedia, but don’t realise that I only found it out by looking on there as well! The haters all say I only made it because of this and because my Grandad, Ralph Murray, was a British Ambassador. One bloke came up to me during the election and said as much. I said to him, ‘Do you actually mean that my Grandad - who died when I was 14 - was ringing Up The Creek in Deptford in a speculative bid to get me gigs for a career I didn’t even decide to embark on until 8 years later?’ ‘Yes, that’s how it works’ he said. I love that, the idea that there is a live bookings department in the Foreign Office speculatively phoning comedy clubs on behalf of the Ambassador’s grandkids. Or as though, when I started out, promoters were going, ‘We’d better book him again, his Great-great-great-great-great Grandad was married to Baroness Strange’. Their positions in life role have nothing to do with me getting through open spots at the start of my career, performing 15 gigs a week, really grafting to get by. Christ complex ... Barman character is ‘leading a cultural revolution’ - Are you looking forward to playing Nottingham? Yes, I love playing Nottingham. We play Nottingham every year. The people there seem really up for a laugh. Maybe it’s because they’re really happy and content, or maybe it’s a horrible place to live and they’re just after any excuse to forget about it. But hey, I’m not here to judge. Another thing I love about Nottingham is the idea of Robin Hood. Nobody actually knows if the story is true or not, but the people of your beautiful city don’t seem troubled by that. Embrace the doubt if anything, print the legend. - On the topic of printing the legend, you can catch Al Murray at the Nottingham Playhouse on March 30th and 31st, 2017. See thepublandlord.com Hair today ... Alastair as he appears off stage, when not spilling pints
38  A pint of real Al It really gets people singing along at the end, even if only to drown the bagpipes out. It   s the s...
38 A pint of real Al It really gets people singing along at the end, even if only to drown the bagpipes out. It’s the sort of attention to detail I put into the show, you see! - Which might surprise a lot of people... - Did the international press get that it was a character? Tommy Holgate meets Pub Landlord funnyman... In many ways, Al Murray is the Robin Hood of comedy - taking from the rich and giving to the poor. As the descendant of a Scottish Duke, the Oxford graduate has received great life experience from the wealthy and, with his multiaward winning Pub Landlord character, he is passing great life wisdom to the common masses. OK, so it’s a spurious connection to make but we are a Nottingham-loving magazine and the Merry Man of laughter is coming here to perform at the Playhouse as part of his current tour, Let’s Go Backwards Together. Here, the man behind the myth sits down for a chat with Nottinghamshire Aspect as he embarks on a Hero’s Journey... - Hey Al, great to see you. We’re excited that you’ll be coming back to Nottingham. How has the tour been going so far? Great thanks. I’m singing two songs in this show, both of which are really fun. One is the internet song, which comes just before the interval, and the other is a rousing closer, with bagpipes. When I sent the finale piece off to a composer friend of mine, he said, ‘This really needs bagpipes. Luckily he can play them, so it was a no-brainer. “ Yes, people think I just make it up as I go along, and spill beer all over the front row. There’s still an element of that of course! - I’m guessing the use of such a celebrated Scottish instrument means the show will be celebrating Britain. Is the Landlord happy about Brexit? Oh, absolutely. It’s what he has been going on about for the past 20 years. Brexit is not even the elephant in the room is it? It is the room. But it’s got that Farage Factor about it, the whole ‘be careful what you wish for’ thing. Now that they’ve both got what they want, what do they want next? What will make him happy now? - What will make the Landlord happy now that Brexit has occurred? The Landlord? Happy? Well that would be dreaming the impossible dream. I think people will be surprised by his take on the whole thing. I won’t say too much as I like to keep people guessing. Nottingham people are always up for a laugh - How is this tour different to previous outings? There’s an extra energy on this tour due to the Landlord’s foray into politics [Al ran in the 2015 General Election, standing against Nigel Farage in the South Thanet constituency] and the whole issue of the EU. The character has become increasingly political over the last 2/3 years, which I think correlates with my own increased involvement in Twitter and social media. People are much more interested in it on the whole I think, because debates and topics can be kicked around online a lot more easily Brexit is just the beginning really, I’m interested to see if people will still be on about it when I come to Nottingham in March, which I am pretty sure they will be. I think it’ll be the major issue for the next 10 years. This show marks a call for national unity, a call for leadership. And of course any call for leadership is an offering to do it yourself. It’s time for a new politics led by the Landlord. “ - What has increased the Landlord’s interest in politics - and public discussion thereof - in general? Oh it’s since we’ve had a Tory government for sure. When there is a Labour government there is almost an unspoken thing with comedians that they don’t slag them off, because comedians as a whole are very left wing and don’t want to let the side down, so to speak. The Landlord would just plough on regardless of who is in power though. When we had a Labour government for 13 years, he was thrilled about Tony Blair and the Iraq situation because it meant there was a possibility of winning a 3rd World War! Political heavyweight ... Murray ran against Nigel Farage in the 2015 General Election ENTERTAINMENT count, the world’s media were there and it felt like being in the eye of a storm, right in the middle of a world event. I was slightly surprised by the number of votes, which was 318. I like the fact that the Landlord becomes sort of drunk on power with the 318 voters. I thought I might get at least 500, but it’s worked out well because 318 is a very significant figure. It’s exactly the number of MPs the Tories got, so I can say that, with 318, the Landlord is ‘in line with what the public want’. Also there is a part in the bible where Abraham goes to war, and 318 is the number of soldiers he had, so it is a very Kabbalic number. The great thing about Britain is that politics is a very open door. If you want to run for Parliament, you can run for Parliament. It costs you the £500 deposit but if you can gather that together, you can run, it’s as simple as that! - What was it like running for Parliament? Hilarious and surreal in equal measure. At the moment of the 39 Absolutely. The non-UK media all knew. They think, ‘of course it’s a character and a joke’. They know that what the Landlord says is what some - but not all - Brits think. They get it straight away. - You spend a lot of time on social media. How much do you think the current age of internet communication has influenced political discussion? Oh, a huge amount. Nowadays you can Tweet a 15-second clip from Newsnight and it goes viral. The problem is that politics is actually very long-form, so boiling it down to simple things is dangerous. For example look at Donald Trump, he boils things down to simple soundbites. When an opposing figure boils things down it can seem bad, but we don’t necessarily acknowledge it when it happens the other way around. There is a 50/50 chance that Donald Trump could become President of the United States. When you think about it like that, it is actually very scary. When those Americans go into that polling booth they only have two choices, and he is one of them. Madness. Tour de Farce ... Joker pulls Winston Churchill pose in promo pic - You are active online and enjoy getting involved in various ‘discussions’ let’s say [I promised not to write the word ‘conflicts’, so won’t, honest]... Haha, I like to call it ‘sport’. It passes the time while I’m in the car [not driving I hope, Ed]. People keep having a go, and it’s always the same bloody thing, saying I’m part of the 1% and quoting my family lineage saying I’m part of some elite society because my 5th Great Grandad was a Duke. They find this out by looking on Wikipedia, but don’t realise that I only found it out by looking on there as well! The haters all say I only made it because of this and because my Grandad, Ralph Murray, was a British Ambassador. One bloke came up to me during the election and said as much. I said to him, ‘Do you actually mean that my Grandad - who died when I was 14 - was ringing Up The Creek in Deptford in a speculative bid to get me gigs for a career I didn’t even decide to embark on until 8 years later?’ ‘Yes, that’s how it works’ he said. I love that, the idea that there is a live bookings department in the Foreign Office speculatively phoning comedy clubs on behalf of the Ambassador’s grandkids. Or as though, when I started out, promoters were going, ‘We’d better book him again, his Great-great-great-great-great Grandad was married to Baroness Strange’. Their positions in life role have nothing to do with me getting through open spots at the start of my career, performing 15 gigs a week, really grafting to get by. Christ complex ... Barman character is ‘leading a cultural revolution’ - Are you looking forward to playing Nottingham? Yes, I love playing Nottingham. We play Nottingham every year. The people there seem really up for a laugh. Maybe it’s because they’re really happy and content, or maybe it’s a horrible place to live and they’re just after any excuse to forget about it. But hey, I’m not here to judge. Another thing I love about Nottingham is the idea of Robin Hood. Nobody actually knows if the story is true or not, but the people of your beautiful city don’t seem troubled by that. Embrace the doubt if anything, print the legend. - On the topic of printing the legend, you can catch Al Murray at the Nottingham Playhouse on March 30th and 31st, 2017. See thepublandlord.com Hair today ... Alastair as he appears off stage, when not spilling pints
38  A pint of real Al It really gets people singing along at the end, even if only to drown the bagpipes out. It   s the s...
40 ENTERTAINMENT THE OVERTONES ARE ‘Coming to Town’ The Overtones have firmly established themselves as the number 1 vocal harmony group. Since breaking in 2010 with their debut Good Ol’ Fashioned Love, the group has established their reputation as an act with the unique ability to deliver consistently uplifting music infused with exquisitely crafted vocal harmonies. It’s no wonder that they have sold OVER a million records and had five Top 5 albums! Last year they released their Christmas album, Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas, accompanied by a major UK tour that had fans of all ages dancing in the aisles. The press as well as the fans just loved it up and down the country – “It’s all about old school cool” proclaimed the Daily Record in Scotland, whilst the York Press said “Buckets full of Christmas cheer [with] the boys helped get me well and truly into the festive spirit” and the Bolton News observing how “Everyone in the packed theatre [got] on their feet”. Back by popular demand and quickly becoming a fixture in everyone’s Christmas party season, is the quintet’s Christmas 2016 tour. The 21 date run kicks off on 23rd November in Dunfermline, taking on cities across the country including London’s indigo at The O2 on 16th December, finishing on 22nd December in Nottingham. Celebrating the most wonderful time of the year, with a stocking rammed full of Christmas crackers, in the shape of good ol’ classics such as ‘White Christmas’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ and ‘Let It Snow’, this will end a vintage year for Darren, Mark, Mike, Lachie and Timmy. Currently starring in a 9-week production of That’s Entertainment - a nationwide tour 41 bringing back the hits of the 30s, 40s and 50s, The Overtones remain as in demand as ever! Lachie has even made his TV debut in the hit E4 comedy series, Crashing. The Overtones are torchbearers for flat-out fantastic singing, as much as a throwback to the timeless appeal of doo-wop and Motown as they are to modern day R&B and pop. They have enjoyed a succession of major achievements, including performing in front of 250,000 people at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, appearing at the Festival of Remembrance and hitting London’s Hyde Park for major festival shows at BT London Live and British Summer Time. So don your best Christmas jumper, pull some crackers, bring your Santa hat, crack open the bubbly and get lost in a night of high-spirited festive hijinks! Royal Concert Hall Nottingham Thursday 22 December 2016 7.30pm £99, £39.50 - £22.50 www.trch.co.uk 0115 989 5555
40  ENTERTAINMENT  THE OVERTONES ARE    Coming to Town     The Overtones have firmly established themselves as the number ...
40 ENTERTAINMENT THE OVERTONES ARE ‘Coming to Town’ The Overtones have firmly established themselves as the number 1 vocal harmony group. Since breaking in 2010 with their debut Good Ol’ Fashioned Love, the group has established their reputation as an act with the unique ability to deliver consistently uplifting music infused with exquisitely crafted vocal harmonies. It’s no wonder that they have sold OVER a million records and had five Top 5 albums! Last year they released their Christmas album, Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas, accompanied by a major UK tour that had fans of all ages dancing in the aisles. The press as well as the fans just loved it up and down the country – “It’s all about old school cool” proclaimed the Daily Record in Scotland, whilst the York Press said “Buckets full of Christmas cheer [with] the boys helped get me well and truly into the festive spirit” and the Bolton News observing how “Everyone in the packed theatre [got] on their feet”. Back by popular demand and quickly becoming a fixture in everyone’s Christmas party season, is the quintet’s Christmas 2016 tour. The 21 date run kicks off on 23rd November in Dunfermline, taking on cities across the country including London’s indigo at The O2 on 16th December, finishing on 22nd December in Nottingham. Celebrating the most wonderful time of the year, with a stocking rammed full of Christmas crackers, in the shape of good ol’ classics such as ‘White Christmas’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ and ‘Let It Snow’, this will end a vintage year for Darren, Mark, Mike, Lachie and Timmy. Currently starring in a 9-week production of That’s Entertainment - a nationwide tour 41 bringing back the hits of the 30s, 40s and 50s, The Overtones remain as in demand as ever! Lachie has even made his TV debut in the hit E4 comedy series, Crashing. The Overtones are torchbearers for flat-out fantastic singing, as much as a throwback to the timeless appeal of doo-wop and Motown as they are to modern day R&B and pop. They have enjoyed a succession of major achievements, including performing in front of 250,000 people at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, appearing at the Festival of Remembrance and hitting London’s Hyde Park for major festival shows at BT London Live and British Summer Time. So don your best Christmas jumper, pull some crackers, bring your Santa hat, crack open the bubbly and get lost in a night of high-spirited festive hijinks! Royal Concert Hall Nottingham Thursday 22 December 2016 7.30pm £99, £39.50 - £22.50 www.trch.co.uk 0115 989 5555
40  ENTERTAINMENT  THE OVERTONES ARE    Coming to Town     The Overtones have firmly established themselves as the number ...
42 ENTERTAINMENT “Good Mourning Mrs Brown” Award winning Mrs Brown’s Boys returns to the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham 8-10 June 2017. Their 2017 Tour follows a very busy twelve months for Mrs. Brown’s Boys. After a sell-out tour of Australia and New Zealand, and following the “Live” Episode of Mrs. Brown’s Boys as a special for BBC’s 60 Years of Comedy with an Audience of over 11m in July, SHE’S BACK with the hilarious “Good Mourning Mrs. Brown”. Recently voted as the Best British Sitcom of the 21st century by the Radio Times, Mrs. Brown’s Boys will make a triumphant return to UK arenas in 2017. The Award Winning Mrs. Brown’s Boys will be taking over some of the country’s biggest venues for residencies including Saturday matinee shows with their production ‘Good Mourning Mrs. Brown’. This latest live offering is part of the series written by and starring Brendan O’Carroll. This is the first time the production is heading out as a full UK arena tour. In this farcical show in which Brendan has received some of the best reviews of his career, we see Agnes Brown planning Granddad’s funeral. The only problem is granddad is not dead. What could go wrong? 8th - 10th June 2017 Steampunk Time! Join us as we host our 2016 ‘Fall Back Show’ and take a weird and wonderful look around the British Horological Institute Museum’s collection, which for one day only will be inspired by Victoriana, and design and technological elements of wacky Steampunk culture, featured alongside the museum’s fabulous collection of clocks and watches. It takes place at the home of the BHI Museum, at Upton Hall in Nottinghamshire, near Newark-onTrent, on Sunday 30th October, the day the clocks go back one hour to end British Summer Time. This year’s Fall Back show is hosted in partnership with the British Horological Institute and the Newark Steampunk Society. During the event visitors can learn more about the museum’s fascinating collections of antique and contemporary clocks and watches, and see live demonstrations of clock and watch making skills in action. Be amazed at bizarre and beautiful steampunk attire courtesy of Newark’s very own Steampunk Society. Explore a selection of the museum’s weirdest and wackiest pieces, including a clock powered by water, another almost 9 feet in height and made entirely of wood, and others which may challenge how you tell the time! There will be hands-on activities for the whole family including a ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ trail, steampunk wall art, and hands-on creative photography activities. Why not bring along one of your own timepieces to a free advisory session with one of our horological experts? Visitors can also browse a selection of craft and clock and watch stalls, and try delicious homemade treats courtesy of the Clockhouse Cafe. The event takes place on Sunday 30th October, 10am-4pm. Disney On Ice brings Frozen to Nottingham for the First Time! F eld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in producing live touring family entertainment, announced that its 34th Disney On Ice spectacular will bring the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to life. Disney On Ice presents Frozen is set to mesmerise audiences when the show comes to the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham 16th-20th November 2016. The entire Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this brand new production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.” Plus, warm up for the show and learn the snowman dance, during the Fit to Dance pre-show. Disney On Ice’s Fit to Dance is a family programme, which aims to inspire families to have fun and be active through storytelling and dance. “In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this,” says producer Nicole Feld. “While it might seem obvious that Frozen is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innovative show elements and worldclass skating.” Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee add, “Seeing audiences around the world embrace Frozen has been the experience of a lifetime. And to now have the chance to consult with the talented team at Feld Entertainment and watch their creation come to life on ice, is thrilling.” In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favourite characters from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all. Director Patty Vincent says, “Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.” To create a completely immersive experience for the audience, the set design will encompass the space from the ice surface up through the air, drawing everyone into the story and closer to the characters. Families will feel that they are trekking up to the North Mountains with Anna, Kristoff and Sven, and they will tangibly experience the storm inside Elsa. Elsa’s magic will be enhanced by state-of-the art special effects while her emotions will be conveyed through powerful skating. Tickets can be booked online at www. motorpointarenanottingham.com/online/ disneyfrozen or via 0843 373 3000 or in person at the Motorpoint Arena Box Office, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.
42  ENTERTAINMENT     Good Mourning Mrs Brown     Award winning Mrs Brown   s Boys returns to the Motorpoint Arena Notting...
42 ENTERTAINMENT “Good Mourning Mrs Brown” Award winning Mrs Brown’s Boys returns to the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham 8-10 June 2017. Their 2017 Tour follows a very busy twelve months for Mrs. Brown’s Boys. After a sell-out tour of Australia and New Zealand, and following the “Live” Episode of Mrs. Brown’s Boys as a special for BBC’s 60 Years of Comedy with an Audience of over 11m in July, SHE’S BACK with the hilarious “Good Mourning Mrs. Brown”. Recently voted as the Best British Sitcom of the 21st century by the Radio Times, Mrs. Brown’s Boys will make a triumphant return to UK arenas in 2017. The Award Winning Mrs. Brown’s Boys will be taking over some of the country’s biggest venues for residencies including Saturday matinee shows with their production ‘Good Mourning Mrs. Brown’. This latest live offering is part of the series written by and starring Brendan O’Carroll. This is the first time the production is heading out as a full UK arena tour. In this farcical show in which Brendan has received some of the best reviews of his career, we see Agnes Brown planning Granddad’s funeral. The only problem is granddad is not dead. What could go wrong? 8th - 10th June 2017 Steampunk Time! Join us as we host our 2016 ‘Fall Back Show’ and take a weird and wonderful look around the British Horological Institute Museum’s collection, which for one day only will be inspired by Victoriana, and design and technological elements of wacky Steampunk culture, featured alongside the museum’s fabulous collection of clocks and watches. It takes place at the home of the BHI Museum, at Upton Hall in Nottinghamshire, near Newark-onTrent, on Sunday 30th October, the day the clocks go back one hour to end British Summer Time. This year’s Fall Back show is hosted in partnership with the British Horological Institute and the Newark Steampunk Society. During the event visitors can learn more about the museum’s fascinating collections of antique and contemporary clocks and watches, and see live demonstrations of clock and watch making skills in action. Be amazed at bizarre and beautiful steampunk attire courtesy of Newark’s very own Steampunk Society. Explore a selection of the museum’s weirdest and wackiest pieces, including a clock powered by water, another almost 9 feet in height and made entirely of wood, and others which may challenge how you tell the time! There will be hands-on activities for the whole family including a ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ trail, steampunk wall art, and hands-on creative photography activities. Why not bring along one of your own timepieces to a free advisory session with one of our horological experts? Visitors can also browse a selection of craft and clock and watch stalls, and try delicious homemade treats courtesy of the Clockhouse Cafe. The event takes place on Sunday 30th October, 10am-4pm. Disney On Ice brings Frozen to Nottingham for the First Time! F eld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in producing live touring family entertainment, announced that its 34th Disney On Ice spectacular will bring the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to life. Disney On Ice presents Frozen is set to mesmerise audiences when the show comes to the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham 16th-20th November 2016. The entire Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this brand new production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.” Plus, warm up for the show and learn the snowman dance, during the Fit to Dance pre-show. Disney On Ice’s Fit to Dance is a family programme, which aims to inspire families to have fun and be active through storytelling and dance. “In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this,” says producer Nicole Feld. “While it might seem obvious that Frozen is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innovative show elements and worldclass skating.” Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee add, “Seeing audiences around the world embrace Frozen has been the experience of a lifetime. And to now have the chance to consult with the talented team at Feld Entertainment and watch their creation come to life on ice, is thrilling.” In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favourite characters from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all. Director Patty Vincent says, “Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.” To create a completely immersive experience for the audience, the set design will encompass the space from the ice surface up through the air, drawing everyone into the story and closer to the characters. Families will feel that they are trekking up to the North Mountains with Anna, Kristoff and Sven, and they will tangibly experience the storm inside Elsa. Elsa’s magic will be enhanced by state-of-the art special effects while her emotions will be conveyed through powerful skating. Tickets can be booked online at www. motorpointarenanottingham.com/online/ disneyfrozen or via 0843 373 3000 or in person at the Motorpoint Arena Box Office, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.
42  ENTERTAINMENT     Good Mourning Mrs Brown     Award winning Mrs Brown   s Boys returns to the Motorpoint Arena Notting...
ENTERTAINMENT Spooky goings on at Lincoln Castle this October! This autumn half term (Saturday 22nd to Friday 28th October) step inside the “Spooky Prison” and you will be sure to meet some unsavoury characters from Victorian England. Hear ghastly tales and meet some vile people! There is chance to meet a Victorian undertaker and hear tales of Witch Trials at various times each day. Youngsters can also make their own origami bats and pipe cleaner spiders. Then as Hallowe’en approaches visit the Castle on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October to meet a whole cast of Victorians for a weekend of fear! “Days of Fear” is suitable for families and children, the cast of characters include Prisoners and Wardens, a Victorian Surgeon, undertaker and a grave robber. You will find all these characters in dark corners and prison cells inside the Victorian Prison each day. Or for older children and adults (age 12 and over) Friday 28th - Saturday 29th October join 45 us at the Castle after dark as we immerse you in the Victorian underworld for “Nights of Fear”! The atmospheric Victorian Prison will resound to the tales of fear and horror – with stories of grave robbing, sinister surgeons and baby farmers. These two rare evening events also offer visitors the opportunity to enter the grounds after dark and witness a full Victorian funeral each evening! Details of entry fees and event timings can be found at www.lincolncastle.com
ENTERTAINMENT  Spooky goings on at Lincoln Castle this October   This autumn half term  Saturday 22nd to Friday 28th Octob...
ENTERTAINMENT Spooky goings on at Lincoln Castle this October! This autumn half term (Saturday 22nd to Friday 28th October) step inside the “Spooky Prison” and you will be sure to meet some unsavoury characters from Victorian England. Hear ghastly tales and meet some vile people! There is chance to meet a Victorian undertaker and hear tales of Witch Trials at various times each day. Youngsters can also make their own origami bats and pipe cleaner spiders. Then as Hallowe’en approaches visit the Castle on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October to meet a whole cast of Victorians for a weekend of fear! “Days of Fear” is suitable for families and children, the cast of characters include Prisoners and Wardens, a Victorian Surgeon, undertaker and a grave robber. You will find all these characters in dark corners and prison cells inside the Victorian Prison each day. Or for older children and adults (age 12 and over) Friday 28th - Saturday 29th October join 45 us at the Castle after dark as we immerse you in the Victorian underworld for “Nights of Fear”! The atmospheric Victorian Prison will resound to the tales of fear and horror – with stories of grave robbing, sinister surgeons and baby farmers. These two rare evening events also offer visitors the opportunity to enter the grounds after dark and witness a full Victorian funeral each evening! Details of entry fees and event timings can be found at www.lincolncastle.com
ENTERTAINMENT  Spooky goings on at Lincoln Castle this October   This autumn half term  Saturday 22nd to Friday 28th Octob...
ENTERTAINMENT Be ready to twist and shout The Bootleg Beatles are delighted to announce their December 2016 tour of the UK The band along with their renowned string and brass ensemble will visit fifteen cities, including Nottingham on 5th December. Tickets are available now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Since their inception in 1980 the band have performed hundreds of gigs across the globe, earning themselves an amazing reputation along the way. The late George Martin himself described the Bootleg Beatles experience as “A terrific show”, whilst the Mail On Sunday hailed their “Mind-boggling accuracy”. Formed from the original cast of London’s West End hit show ‘Beatlemania’, The Bootleg Beatles have become ‘an institution’ in their own right with their note-perfect recreation of hits from every era of the world’s most famous songbook. Every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from the ‘Liverpudlian’ banter to their ‘inflection perfect’ vocal mimicry. But it’s not only their sound that is so authentic; they bear an uncanny resemblance to the Fab Four. As one reviewer recently said... “It’s not John Paul George and Ringo ... but you simply won’t believe it”. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the milestone album ‘Revolver’ by The Beatles, widely acknowledged as the record that redrew the map of popular music and proved that the band were not only incredible songwriters but also true innovators in the studio. Songs from that album – certified five times Platinum - feature heavily in The Bootlegs Beatles set and will of course receive an airing on these dates. ’66 was also the year of the Fab Four’s final public show in Candlestick Park, San Francisco There’s never been a better time to immerse yourself in the magic of the Bootleg Beatles – don’t miss a show that was described as “Off-the-scale fabulous” by BBC Radio’s Chris Evans, and “Flawless!” by Mojo Magazine. You’ll love them – Yeah Yeah Yeah! The group will also be playing at Birmingham, Sheffield and Leicester. 47
ENTERTAINMENT  Be ready to twist and shout  The Bootleg Beatles are delighted to announce their December 2016 tour of the ...
ENTERTAINMENT Be ready to twist and shout The Bootleg Beatles are delighted to announce their December 2016 tour of the UK The band along with their renowned string and brass ensemble will visit fifteen cities, including Nottingham on 5th December. Tickets are available now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Since their inception in 1980 the band have performed hundreds of gigs across the globe, earning themselves an amazing reputation along the way. The late George Martin himself described the Bootleg Beatles experience as “A terrific show”, whilst the Mail On Sunday hailed their “Mind-boggling accuracy”. Formed from the original cast of London’s West End hit show ‘Beatlemania’, The Bootleg Beatles have become ‘an institution’ in their own right with their note-perfect recreation of hits from every era of the world’s most famous songbook. Every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from the ‘Liverpudlian’ banter to their ‘inflection perfect’ vocal mimicry. But it’s not only their sound that is so authentic; they bear an uncanny resemblance to the Fab Four. As one reviewer recently said... “It’s not John Paul George and Ringo ... but you simply won’t believe it”. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the milestone album ‘Revolver’ by The Beatles, widely acknowledged as the record that redrew the map of popular music and proved that the band were not only incredible songwriters but also true innovators in the studio. Songs from that album – certified five times Platinum - feature heavily in The Bootlegs Beatles set and will of course receive an airing on these dates. ’66 was also the year of the Fab Four’s final public show in Candlestick Park, San Francisco There’s never been a better time to immerse yourself in the magic of the Bootleg Beatles – don’t miss a show that was described as “Off-the-scale fabulous” by BBC Radio’s Chris Evans, and “Flawless!” by Mojo Magazine. You’ll love them – Yeah Yeah Yeah! The group will also be playing at Birmingham, Sheffield and Leicester. 47
ENTERTAINMENT  Be ready to twist and shout  The Bootleg Beatles are delighted to announce their December 2016 tour of the ...
FLYING HORSE WALK 48 Boutique Shopping In F lying Horse Walk is a welcome haven away from the bustle of the high street, offering the discerning shopper a unique shopping experience all under one roof. It is home to a great range of mainly local specialist shops and outlets not found anywhere else in Nottingham. Situated in the heart of the city just off Old Market Square between South Parade and St Peter’s Gate, the arcade occupies a Grade II listed building that is steeped in history with its origins dating back to the 16th century. This gives it a unique character that suits the broad mix of independent stores and national brands located there which range from fashion boutiques to food and drink specialists; contemporary and traditional art galleries to other specialist retailers. 200 Degrees is an independent coffee shop whose team of highly trained baristas prepare and serve unique blends of coffee that have been developed and roasted at its own roasting house near Trent Bridge. These include their legendary Brazilian Love Affair house blend and a guest single origin or seasonal Arabica blend. A range of specially prepared food is also available. Apalts is a specialist fittings and alterations company that fits and alters all types of clothing garments. It also provides a dry cleaning service. Berketex Bride is one of the leading bridal wear retailers and has been in business for over 50 years. They have a vast collection of gowns in a variety of styles which are all exclusive to Berketex Bride. They also have a large collection of bridesmaids dresses in a choice of fabrics and colours, a wide range of bridal accessories such as stoles, veils and tiaras as well as prom and partywear dresses. In addition they have a team of consultants in store to advise and help brides plan their big day. Brew Cavern is an independent craft beer bottle shop stocking a range of local, national and international craft beers, bottle conditioned real ales and ciders. They stock beers and ciders by the new wave of craft brewers from the UK, Europe, USA and further afield, as well as more traditional breweries, including a wide range from brewers across the East Midlands. Brik Squared Barbershop in Flying Horse Walk is the business’ second shop in 49 The Heart Of The City Nottingham which opened to help cater for the high demand they have experienced in the past few years which meant they had outgrown Brik Barbershop on Byard Lane. “Its central location is close to public transport links and has numerous established businesses within it that vary in style,” said Jonny Felstead, one of the owners of Brik. “We like the history of the building and feel it lends itself well to our brand #loseweightgetahaircut.” Cathy Stephens Jewellery specialises in designing and custom making unique pieces of jewellery. They also re-model old or broken pieces of jewellery, remaking them into a beautiful contemporary design and provide a free design service. They stock a vast range of silver jewellery to suit every pocket and also many unique pieces not available anywhere else in the United Kingdom. the Midlands and beyond. George Thornton Art is an art gallery exhibiting and selling affordable, contemporary, original works by local talent and international artists. It is the only gallery in Nottingham that deals predominantly in original, contemporary pieces of art and sculpture. After 10 years’ experience working for a chain of art galleries, dealing mainly in signed limited edition prints, George Thornton set up the gallery to exhibit and sell original pieces of art with the idea that artists would utilise interesting, modern techniques to create beautiful art. “Flying Horse Walk is a haven of boutique shops, mainly independent but all with a strong emphasis on quality,“ said George Thornton. “With the Council’s desire to drive consumers into the city centre, this acquisition is a good thing. The council has a much wider agenda with the Mall which is based upon growth and development The company has been trading in Nottingham for over 30 years and in Flying Horse Walk since 1989. “The lovely collection of independent shops in Flying Horse Walk perfectly complement each other and create a truly unique shopping destination,” said Jonathan Arckle, store manager. “Visiting us here allows you to enjoy our peaceful “away from the high street” ambience and experience our renowned customer service and jewellery shopping experience.” The Cheese Shop, owned by brothers Webb and Rob Freckingham, supplies the best local, national and international produce available on the market. It specialises in artisan cheeses from around Britain but also offers endless culinary delights which you can also taste and sample in their café. The business has established itself as the first port of call for food lovers throughout as opposed to stringent rent reviews. The high street needs an empathetic landlord and who better to pair up with than the ‘City’ itself.” Gigi Bottega is an independent boutique offering luxury designer goods run by mother and daughter Debra and Gabriella Trivigno. They stock a range of high end and contemporary designer pieces for both men and women from the likes of Valentino, Burberry and Stella McCartney. They focus on providing the highest levels of customer service. “Flying Horse Walk is a great location for specialist independent businesses like ours, providing customers with a full designer experience in one location,” said Debra Trivigno. Jolie Lingerie is a specialist independent lingerie boutique with an extensive range of brands in cup sizes A-K, band size 28-48. Staff are all professionally trained fitters to help customers achieve the perfect fit. Jolie also has a wide range of swimwear, maternity bras, sports bras and nightwear and also specialises in post-operative bras and mastectomy swimwear. “Flying Horse Walk, with all of its specialist retailers, offers people a unique independent shopping experience,” said Brigitte Armstrong, owner of Jolie Lingerie. Inspired is a gallery and shop that offers customers the opportunity to discover and buy all sorts of treasures. It has a range of affordable works from many artists and designers including framed prints, cards, jewellery, textiles and ceramics, with new items being added all the time. Inspired is owned by local artist Jill Perry who opened the shop after 10 years exhibiting nationally and internationally. Slaters stock a wide range of menswear in a variety of colours and styles for every day wear as well as special occasions. Its staff are all highly trained and they also have their own team of tailors and seamstresses so can provide a free alterations service. The store in Flying Horse Walk is one of 23 stores nationwide with the business still being run by the Slater family. Pearl Boutique has a large unique collection of prom dresses, evening wear, ball gowns, bridesmaid dresses and bridal wear as well as an exclusive collection of shoes, bags, jewellery and tiaras to complement any dress. VIP Electronic Cigarettes offer a range of high quality electronic cigarettes. Vivienne Westwood has been considered a symbol of the British avant-garde, using traditional Savile Row tailoring techniques, British fabrics and 17th and 18th century art for inspiration since the late 1970’s. Westwood continues to be inspired by historical art and silhouettes, which can be seen across all her lines. The Vivienne Westwood Nottingham boutique is home to Vivienne Westwood’s ready to wear collections, Menswear, Anglomania diffusion line and a large range of accessories. Whitewall Galleries showcases a varied collection of limited editions, original paintings and sculptures, offering the best in both traditional and contemporary artwork. Highlights of its current collection include household names such as Doug Hyde and Sherree Valentine Daines, alongside award-winning talents from around the world including Fabian Perez, Jack Vettriano and Henderson Cisz.
FLYING HORSE WALK  48  Boutique Shopping In  F  lying Horse Walk is a welcome haven away from the bustle of the high stree...
FLYING HORSE WALK 48 Boutique Shopping In F lying Horse Walk is a welcome haven away from the bustle of the high street, offering the discerning shopper a unique shopping experience all under one roof. It is home to a great range of mainly local specialist shops and outlets not found anywhere else in Nottingham. Situated in the heart of the city just off Old Market Square between South Parade and St Peter’s Gate, the arcade occupies a Grade II listed building that is steeped in history with its origins dating back to the 16th century. This gives it a unique character that suits the broad mix of independent stores and national brands located there which range from fashion boutiques to food and drink specialists; contemporary and traditional art galleries to other specialist retailers. 200 Degrees is an independent coffee shop whose team of highly trained baristas prepare and serve unique blends of coffee that have been developed and roasted at its own roasting house near Trent Bridge. These include their legendary Brazilian Love Affair house blend and a guest single origin or seasonal Arabica blend. A range of specially prepared food is also available. Apalts is a specialist fittings and alterations company that fits and alters all types of clothing garments. It also provides a dry cleaning service. Berketex Bride is one of the leading bridal wear retailers and has been in business for over 50 years. They have a vast collection of gowns in a variety of styles which are all exclusive to Berketex Bride. They also have a large collection of bridesmaids dresses in a choice of fabrics and colours, a wide range of bridal accessories such as stoles, veils and tiaras as well as prom and partywear dresses. In addition they have a team of consultants in store to advise and help brides plan their big day. Brew Cavern is an independent craft beer bottle shop stocking a range of local, national and international craft beers, bottle conditioned real ales and ciders. They stock beers and ciders by the new wave of craft brewers from the UK, Europe, USA and further afield, as well as more traditional breweries, including a wide range from brewers across the East Midlands. Brik Squared Barbershop in Flying Horse Walk is the business’ second shop in 49 The Heart Of The City Nottingham which opened to help cater for the high demand they have experienced in the past few years which meant they had outgrown Brik Barbershop on Byard Lane. “Its central location is close to public transport links and has numerous established businesses within it that vary in style,” said Jonny Felstead, one of the owners of Brik. “We like the history of the building and feel it lends itself well to our brand #loseweightgetahaircut.” Cathy Stephens Jewellery specialises in designing and custom making unique pieces of jewellery. They also re-model old or broken pieces of jewellery, remaking them into a beautiful contemporary design and provide a free design service. They stock a vast range of silver jewellery to suit every pocket and also many unique pieces not available anywhere else in the United Kingdom. the Midlands and beyond. George Thornton Art is an art gallery exhibiting and selling affordable, contemporary, original works by local talent and international artists. It is the only gallery in Nottingham that deals predominantly in original, contemporary pieces of art and sculpture. After 10 years’ experience working for a chain of art galleries, dealing mainly in signed limited edition prints, George Thornton set up the gallery to exhibit and sell original pieces of art with the idea that artists would utilise interesting, modern techniques to create beautiful art. “Flying Horse Walk is a haven of boutique shops, mainly independent but all with a strong emphasis on quality,“ said George Thornton. “With the Council’s desire to drive consumers into the city centre, this acquisition is a good thing. The council has a much wider agenda with the Mall which is based upon growth and development The company has been trading in Nottingham for over 30 years and in Flying Horse Walk since 1989. “The lovely collection of independent shops in Flying Horse Walk perfectly complement each other and create a truly unique shopping destination,” said Jonathan Arckle, store manager. “Visiting us here allows you to enjoy our peaceful “away from the high street” ambience and experience our renowned customer service and jewellery shopping experience.” The Cheese Shop, owned by brothers Webb and Rob Freckingham, supplies the best local, national and international produce available on the market. It specialises in artisan cheeses from around Britain but also offers endless culinary delights which you can also taste and sample in their café. The business has established itself as the first port of call for food lovers throughout as opposed to stringent rent reviews. The high street needs an empathetic landlord and who better to pair up with than the ‘City’ itself.” Gigi Bottega is an independent boutique offering luxury designer goods run by mother and daughter Debra and Gabriella Trivigno. They stock a range of high end and contemporary designer pieces for both men and women from the likes of Valentino, Burberry and Stella McCartney. They focus on providing the highest levels of customer service. “Flying Horse Walk is a great location for specialist independent businesses like ours, providing customers with a full designer experience in one location,” said Debra Trivigno. Jolie Lingerie is a specialist independent lingerie boutique with an extensive range of brands in cup sizes A-K, band size 28-48. Staff are all professionally trained fitters to help customers achieve the perfect fit. Jolie also has a wide range of swimwear, maternity bras, sports bras and nightwear and also specialises in post-operative bras and mastectomy swimwear. “Flying Horse Walk, with all of its specialist retailers, offers people a unique independent shopping experience,” said Brigitte Armstrong, owner of Jolie Lingerie. Inspired is a gallery and shop that offers customers the opportunity to discover and buy all sorts of treasures. It has a range of affordable works from many artists and designers including framed prints, cards, jewellery, textiles and ceramics, with new items being added all the time. Inspired is owned by local artist Jill Perry who opened the shop after 10 years exhibiting nationally and internationally. Slaters stock a wide range of menswear in a variety of colours and styles for every day wear as well as special occasions. Its staff are all highly trained and they also have their own team of tailors and seamstresses so can provide a free alterations service. The store in Flying Horse Walk is one of 23 stores nationwide with the business still being run by the Slater family. Pearl Boutique has a large unique collection of prom dresses, evening wear, ball gowns, bridesmaid dresses and bridal wear as well as an exclusive collection of shoes, bags, jewellery and tiaras to complement any dress. VIP Electronic Cigarettes offer a range of high quality electronic cigarettes. Vivienne Westwood has been considered a symbol of the British avant-garde, using traditional Savile Row tailoring techniques, British fabrics and 17th and 18th century art for inspiration since the late 1970’s. Westwood continues to be inspired by historical art and silhouettes, which can be seen across all her lines. The Vivienne Westwood Nottingham boutique is home to Vivienne Westwood’s ready to wear collections, Menswear, Anglomania diffusion line and a large range of accessories. Whitewall Galleries showcases a varied collection of limited editions, original paintings and sculptures, offering the best in both traditional and contemporary artwork. Highlights of its current collection include household names such as Doug Hyde and Sherree Valentine Daines, alongside award-winning talents from around the world including Fabian Perez, Jack Vettriano and Henderson Cisz.
FLYING HORSE WALK  48  Boutique Shopping In  F  lying Horse Walk is a welcome haven away from the bustle of the high stree...
50 Health & Wellbeing Why more people are choosing to self-pay for their healthcare treatment Only 10% of the UK population has private medical insurance*, so what happens for the other 90%? What happens if you injure yourself, become ill, or find yourself stuck on a long waiting list for treatment? Or, worse, what happens if the treatment needed isn’t even available to you on the NHS? With rising daily costs and financial pressures, understandably some of us don’t want the additional expense of paying a monthly cost for medical insurance. However, there’s the additional option available when you need it – self-pay private treatment, paying for the treatment you need, yourself. More patients are turning to this option - sometimes when they’re on a long waiting list and need a faster service, or simply for the privacy and comfort. Some of the most common treatments needed are no longer offered in some NHS hospitals, including hernia repair, hip and knee replacements, cataracts and varicose veins treatment. Too many patients just don’t know this until it’s too late, until they have little choice but to then seek alternative arrangements. BMI The Park Hospital, offers self-pay treatments to fit around your life, work and family and provides not only a fast diagnosis but your choice of Consultant at a time that suits you. BMI The Park Hospital also offers flexible finance options, with the ability to spread the cost of treatment over 12 months with the BMI card - a unique credit card, which offers 12 months’ interest free credit**. For further information or to book a consultation at BMI The Park Hospital, please visit: www.bmihealthcare. co.uk/paying-for-treatment or call 0800 101 0337 *The UK private health market, Kingsfund.org.uk (online) www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/ files/kf/media/commission-appendix-uk-private-health-market.pdf **BMI Card is a credit facility offered by BMI Healthcare Limited, BMI Healthcare House, 3 Paris Garden, London, SE1 8ND. 0% interest for 12 months then 0.79% per month, representative 9.9% APR variable. Up to £20,000 available (subject to status). Monthly repayment 5% of balance or £25 whichever is greater or balance if lower than £25.
50  Health   Wellbeing  Why more people are choosing to self-pay for their healthcare treatment Only 10  of the UK populat...
50 Health & Wellbeing Why more people are choosing to self-pay for their healthcare treatment Only 10% of the UK population has private medical insurance*, so what happens for the other 90%? What happens if you injure yourself, become ill, or find yourself stuck on a long waiting list for treatment? Or, worse, what happens if the treatment needed isn’t even available to you on the NHS? With rising daily costs and financial pressures, understandably some of us don’t want the additional expense of paying a monthly cost for medical insurance. However, there’s the additional option available when you need it – self-pay private treatment, paying for the treatment you need, yourself. More patients are turning to this option - sometimes when they’re on a long waiting list and need a faster service, or simply for the privacy and comfort. Some of the most common treatments needed are no longer offered in some NHS hospitals, including hernia repair, hip and knee replacements, cataracts and varicose veins treatment. Too many patients just don’t know this until it’s too late, until they have little choice but to then seek alternative arrangements. BMI The Park Hospital, offers self-pay treatments to fit around your life, work and family and provides not only a fast diagnosis but your choice of Consultant at a time that suits you. BMI The Park Hospital also offers flexible finance options, with the ability to spread the cost of treatment over 12 months with the BMI card - a unique credit card, which offers 12 months’ interest free credit**. For further information or to book a consultation at BMI The Park Hospital, please visit: www.bmihealthcare. co.uk/paying-for-treatment or call 0800 101 0337 *The UK private health market, Kingsfund.org.uk (online) www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/ files/kf/media/commission-appendix-uk-private-health-market.pdf **BMI Card is a credit facility offered by BMI Healthcare Limited, BMI Healthcare House, 3 Paris Garden, London, SE1 8ND. 0% interest for 12 months then 0.79% per month, representative 9.9% APR variable. Up to £20,000 available (subject to status). Monthly repayment 5% of balance or £25 whichever is greater or balance if lower than £25.
50  Health   Wellbeing  Why more people are choosing to self-pay for their healthcare treatment Only 10  of the UK populat...
BEAUTY 52 BEAUTY 53 Winter Lipstick Picks for you A good nude lipstick will carry you through all the seasons but the winter weather means swapping the brighter and more colourful summer shades for deeper and more seasonally appropriate ones. Ditch the peachier, more coral nudes for ones with a brown or mauve undertone. The cooler tone is more flattering on paler, winter skin and is a staple in anyone’s winter lipstick wardrobe. This Marks & Spencer Autograph Lipstick in ‘Hero’ is the perfect mauve nude for winter The winter season means evaluating lipstick formulas as well as shades. Brown lipstick has become increasingly popular over the last few years thanks to the youngest of the Kardashian Clan, Kylie Jenner. It’s a more dramatic twist on an everyday nude but one that still goes with most outfits and makeup looks. Pack the high gloss, sheer lipsticks at the bottom of your makeup bag in favour of more velvet, matte finishes that are going to last through the cold winter days. This Kiko Milano lipstick offers luxurious packaging without the hefty price tag- shade ‘Chocolate’ What are the top ten uses of coconut oil? 1. Spread it instead of butter – great for people lactose or dairy intolerant 2. Eye makeup and makeup remover 3. Roast your potatoes in it 4. Use as a hair mask 5. Use in baking instead of butter 6. Marinate food – rub over a chicken 7. Helps with stiff zips 8. Great for pets 9. People use it for their children’s Cradle Cap 10. Add a teaspoon to your coffee for the health benefits! Crazy for Coconut Oil Coconut oil is the craze that has taken the world by storm in the last few years, with people increasingly keen to seek out natural ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle. We asked Lucy Bee, expert and producer of her own coconut oil range, what we really need to know. What is coconut oil/ how is it made? Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. Throughout the tropical world, it has provided the primary source of fat in the diets of millions of people for generations. Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). The body uses this kind of fat incredibly efficiently. It also contains Lauric Acid, around 48%. The only other place you get this high amount is from mother’s breast milk. It’s anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-viral. Alternatively, coconut oil is made by being cold pressed- the method by which the oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of the coconut. This should be carried out at a controlled temperature, therefore maintaining the nutrients in the oil. Are there different types? 90% of the market is made up of REFINED coconut oil. This is usually made from dried coconut (copra) and the process includes bleaching and deodorisation, sometimes known as RBD. They have to do this in order for human consumption because the oil will be brown and rancid without it as the coconuts have been left outside. UNREFINED coconut oil (LUCY BEE) is made from fresh, mature coconuts. The oil has not undergone any processing. It is picked from the trees and in 1-4 hours of it being cut open it’s made into coconut oil, making it naturally white in colour and smelling of coconut. This is when you see extra virgin and virgin in the name (this means the same thing). How is it stored? Store in the cupboard. Coconut oil changes to liquid in warmer weather and solid in cold weather. This doesn’t change the nutritional value or properties of the oil. Reds are a great option for anyone who craves the colour of summer. Opt for a blood or true red over a more vibrant, orange shade to add a striking pop of colour to a neutral outfit. Try ‘Harry’ by MUA A dark fuschia is the perfect winter pink. It’s a great way to lift and brighten a dull complexion whilst still working within a more seasonally appropriate palette. This Topshop lipstick in the colour ‘Lips in Inhibition’ makes pink winter appropriate From brighter cranberry shades to deep plums, berry colours can add a dramatic edge to your winter makeup. Pair with a brown smokey eye for an evening out or go bare faced with some mascara and blusher for a fresh daytime look. Not only is this No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick super moisturising and comfortable to wear, the shade ‘Dark Berry’ is a standout shade perfect for a more formal winter event Make a statement and go all out with a vampy purple lip colour. Where the dark berry shades have a warmer undertone, purple lipsticks take away the softness for a more striking and alternative lip option. Try Gosh ‘Twilight’ Liquid lipsticks are an ideal choice for dark and daring colours. The high pigment and smudge proof formula means you’ll avoid ending the night with more on your face than your lips. Try using a lip liner as a stain too. You’ll get a matte and longlasting finish and cut down on the number of products you’re using. Winter Skincare Essentials The cold weather can affect a lot more than just your wardrobe choices; the freezing temperatures, harsh winds and never-ending rain showers that we’ve come to expect from The Great British Winter can all take their toll on your skin too. Here are a few steps you can take to minimise any damage. Using a cleansing balm or oil to take off your makeup or cleanse your face with is a great way to inject some moisture back into your skincare routine. Avoid foaming cleansers that strip away any natural oils too. Exfoliating to get rid of dead skin cells means that the skin can absorb any moisturising products that otherwise sit on the surface. Go for an exfoliator with fine beads to avoid irritation or a chemical exfoliator for extra sensitive skin. When it comes to moisturising, invest in a more heavy duty cream or facial oil to avoid any flakey patches of skin caused by dryness. Re-evaluate the makeup you’ve been wearing over the summer months and substitute for more hydrating, winter alternatives where necessary. Try a tinted moisturiser if you’ve got particularly dry skin and consider swapping any powder products for creams. Lip balm is a winter skincare MUST-HAVE. Dry, chapped lips are a lipstick wearer’s nightmare so make sure to keep them soft with a hydrating cream or balm. The same goes for your hands and body. They’re something most of us tend to neglect, especially in the winter months when we’re buried beneath layers of knits and gloves but apply the same rules as you would to your face to your body. The harsh weather can be just as damaging to your hair. Use a specially designed hair mask from your local pharmacy or experiment with your own recipe at home using oil as a base to lock in extra moisture. Massage through hair from root to tip and leave for at least half an hour before rinsing or overnight for optimum results.
BEAUTY  52  BEAUTY  53  Winter Lipstick Picks for you A good nude lipstick will carry you through all the seasons but the ...
BEAUTY 52 BEAUTY 53 Winter Lipstick Picks for you A good nude lipstick will carry you through all the seasons but the winter weather means swapping the brighter and more colourful summer shades for deeper and more seasonally appropriate ones. Ditch the peachier, more coral nudes for ones with a brown or mauve undertone. The cooler tone is more flattering on paler, winter skin and is a staple in anyone’s winter lipstick wardrobe. This Marks & Spencer Autograph Lipstick in ‘Hero’ is the perfect mauve nude for winter The winter season means evaluating lipstick formulas as well as shades. Brown lipstick has become increasingly popular over the last few years thanks to the youngest of the Kardashian Clan, Kylie Jenner. It’s a more dramatic twist on an everyday nude but one that still goes with most outfits and makeup looks. Pack the high gloss, sheer lipsticks at the bottom of your makeup bag in favour of more velvet, matte finishes that are going to last through the cold winter days. This Kiko Milano lipstick offers luxurious packaging without the hefty price tag- shade ‘Chocolate’ What are the top ten uses of coconut oil? 1. Spread it instead of butter – great for people lactose or dairy intolerant 2. Eye makeup and makeup remover 3. Roast your potatoes in it 4. Use as a hair mask 5. Use in baking instead of butter 6. Marinate food – rub over a chicken 7. Helps with stiff zips 8. Great for pets 9. People use it for their children’s Cradle Cap 10. Add a teaspoon to your coffee for the health benefits! Crazy for Coconut Oil Coconut oil is the craze that has taken the world by storm in the last few years, with people increasingly keen to seek out natural ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle. We asked Lucy Bee, expert and producer of her own coconut oil range, what we really need to know. What is coconut oil/ how is it made? Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. Throughout the tropical world, it has provided the primary source of fat in the diets of millions of people for generations. Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). The body uses this kind of fat incredibly efficiently. It also contains Lauric Acid, around 48%. The only other place you get this high amount is from mother’s breast milk. It’s anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-viral. Alternatively, coconut oil is made by being cold pressed- the method by which the oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of the coconut. This should be carried out at a controlled temperature, therefore maintaining the nutrients in the oil. Are there different types? 90% of the market is made up of REFINED coconut oil. This is usually made from dried coconut (copra) and the process includes bleaching and deodorisation, sometimes known as RBD. They have to do this in order for human consumption because the oil will be brown and rancid without it as the coconuts have been left outside. UNREFINED coconut oil (LUCY BEE) is made from fresh, mature coconuts. The oil has not undergone any processing. It is picked from the trees and in 1-4 hours of it being cut open it’s made into coconut oil, making it naturally white in colour and smelling of coconut. This is when you see extra virgin and virgin in the name (this means the same thing). How is it stored? Store in the cupboard. Coconut oil changes to liquid in warmer weather and solid in cold weather. This doesn’t change the nutritional value or properties of the oil. Reds are a great option for anyone who craves the colour of summer. Opt for a blood or true red over a more vibrant, orange shade to add a striking pop of colour to a neutral outfit. Try ‘Harry’ by MUA A dark fuschia is the perfect winter pink. It’s a great way to lift and brighten a dull complexion whilst still working within a more seasonally appropriate palette. This Topshop lipstick in the colour ‘Lips in Inhibition’ makes pink winter appropriate From brighter cranberry shades to deep plums, berry colours can add a dramatic edge to your winter makeup. Pair with a brown smokey eye for an evening out or go bare faced with some mascara and blusher for a fresh daytime look. Not only is this No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick super moisturising and comfortable to wear, the shade ‘Dark Berry’ is a standout shade perfect for a more formal winter event Make a statement and go all out with a vampy purple lip colour. Where the dark berry shades have a warmer undertone, purple lipsticks take away the softness for a more striking and alternative lip option. Try Gosh ‘Twilight’ Liquid lipsticks are an ideal choice for dark and daring colours. The high pigment and smudge proof formula means you’ll avoid ending the night with more on your face than your lips. Try using a lip liner as a stain too. You’ll get a matte and longlasting finish and cut down on the number of products you’re using. Winter Skincare Essentials The cold weather can affect a lot more than just your wardrobe choices; the freezing temperatures, harsh winds and never-ending rain showers that we’ve come to expect from The Great British Winter can all take their toll on your skin too. Here are a few steps you can take to minimise any damage. Using a cleansing balm or oil to take off your makeup or cleanse your face with is a great way to inject some moisture back into your skincare routine. Avoid foaming cleansers that strip away any natural oils too. Exfoliating to get rid of dead skin cells means that the skin can absorb any moisturising products that otherwise sit on the surface. Go for an exfoliator with fine beads to avoid irritation or a chemical exfoliator for extra sensitive skin. When it comes to moisturising, invest in a more heavy duty cream or facial oil to avoid any flakey patches of skin caused by dryness. Re-evaluate the makeup you’ve been wearing over the summer months and substitute for more hydrating, winter alternatives where necessary. Try a tinted moisturiser if you’ve got particularly dry skin and consider swapping any powder products for creams. Lip balm is a winter skincare MUST-HAVE. Dry, chapped lips are a lipstick wearer’s nightmare so make sure to keep them soft with a hydrating cream or balm. The same goes for your hands and body. They’re something most of us tend to neglect, especially in the winter months when we’re buried beneath layers of knits and gloves but apply the same rules as you would to your face to your body. The harsh weather can be just as damaging to your hair. Use a specially designed hair mask from your local pharmacy or experiment with your own recipe at home using oil as a base to lock in extra moisture. Massage through hair from root to tip and leave for at least half an hour before rinsing or overnight for optimum results.
BEAUTY  52  BEAUTY  53  Winter Lipstick Picks for you A good nude lipstick will carry you through all the seasons but the ...
FITNESS FITNESS Exercises To Do At Home… By Kristy Ellis – Personal Trainer 54 I teach my clients so many exercises that they can do at home which don’t involve any equipment. I have an online members’ area which my clients have access to which provides them with loads of exercises / workouts they can do at home. Some of which only need to be 10-15 minutes long! THE PLANK MOUNTAIN CLIMBER Lie on your stomach and place your forearms on the floor. Lift up your body and hold the position. Pull your stomach in and make sure your back is flat. Place your hands on the floor and hold yourself in a press up position. Bring one foot towards your hands and then jump and switch feet – keep repeating. BURPEES PRESS UPS 55 How to lead a healthy lifestyle and feel FITTER, HEALTHIER and HAPPIER Many people find it difficult to know what to eat with all the conflicting information out there today. Many of the clients I train are trying to lose weight and nutrition plays a huge role – ‘Abs are made in the kitchen’ is a great saying! There is no point working hard in the gym if you aren’t eating correctly. I feel it is all about changing bad habits and replacing them with good habits. I set weekly goals with my clients which gives them something to focus on each week. We work on that goal until it is a habit. I teach them to eat healthily when they are in control so that they feel they can enjoy the odd treat when they are socialising. I feel the 3 most important things are… • Being planned • Being prepared • Thinking in advance Bend your legs and place your hands on the floor, jump your feet backwards then jump your feet towards your hands and then jump upwards, and repeat! Start on your hands and feet, lower yourself to the ground and push back up again without arching your back or lifting your bottom up too high. TRICEP DIPS SQUATS If this is too difficult you can avoid the jumping by doing one leg at a time, or to make it easier to begin with you can place your hands on a step - use your bottom stair at home. If you are being planned, prepared and thinking in advance then you will never have to grab food on the go (which is never healthy) and you won’t need to get a takeaway or ready meal as you will have already planned what to cook or have a pre prepared meal ready. I recommend batch cooking to my clients. If you make a large meal and divide it into containers, then you don’t need to cook every evening. After a hard tiring day at work, you will have a home cooked meal already prepared. It is important to take lunch with you to work – otherwise you have to go to a café / shop where there is unlikely to be anything healthy. I teach my clients to prepare 2 or 3 lunches at once – this doesn’t take any more time than preparing one meal but it means you have your lunch ready and you don’t need to prepare it every evening. If this is too difficult then place your knees on the ground but aim to get as low as you can, keeping your body shifted forwards and your head going down in front of your hands. Here are my top 5 tips for you… Use a chair / bed / sofa and place your hands on the surface with your fingers facing your feet. Drop your body down bending at the elbow joint, and then lift your body up again – keep repeating Start with your feet hip width apart. Bend at your knees and stick your bottom backwards – pretend you are sitting on a chair behind you. Try to not let your knees and feet turn inwards. Keep repeating. • Tip 1. Don’t go on a crash diet (cereal diet / shake diet) – you will lose weight but it isn’t sustainable and you will only put it (plus more) back on. You just need to eat healthily the majority of the time and treat yourself occasionally. Avoid the chocolate, biscuits, crisps, pizzas and fizzy drinks • Tip 2. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink! Alcohol has so many calories, and it also affects your fat metabolism as it stops producing vital hormones for fat burning. Take away the habit of having it every evening and just have it for special occasions. • Tip 3 - Always eat breakfast – it is always important to eat a good quality breakfast and it will stop you snacking on other things throughout the morning. www.kristypersonaltrainer.co.uk • Tip 4 – Limit the white starchy carbohydrates and replace them with a better option... white pasta - wholemeal pasta / potatoes - sweet potato wedges / chips - roasted parsnips or sweet potato chips / white rice - brown rice or quinoa / white bread - wholemeal bread Mob: 07890491417 Tip 5 – Drink lots of water. It is so important to drink regularly and stay hydrated. It also helps with weight loss and removing toxins from the body.
FITNESS  FITNESS  Exercises To Do At Home     By Kristy Ellis     Personal Trainer  54  I teach my clients so many exercis...
FITNESS FITNESS Exercises To Do At Home… By Kristy Ellis – Personal Trainer 54 I teach my clients so many exercises that they can do at home which don’t involve any equipment. I have an online members’ area which my clients have access to which provides them with loads of exercises / workouts they can do at home. Some of which only need to be 10-15 minutes long! THE PLANK MOUNTAIN CLIMBER Lie on your stomach and place your forearms on the floor. Lift up your body and hold the position. Pull your stomach in and make sure your back is flat. Place your hands on the floor and hold yourself in a press up position. Bring one foot towards your hands and then jump and switch feet – keep repeating. BURPEES PRESS UPS 55 How to lead a healthy lifestyle and feel FITTER, HEALTHIER and HAPPIER Many people find it difficult to know what to eat with all the conflicting information out there today. Many of the clients I train are trying to lose weight and nutrition plays a huge role – ‘Abs are made in the kitchen’ is a great saying! There is no point working hard in the gym if you aren’t eating correctly. I feel it is all about changing bad habits and replacing them with good habits. I set weekly goals with my clients which gives them something to focus on each week. We work on that goal until it is a habit. I teach them to eat healthily when they are in control so that they feel they can enjoy the odd treat when they are socialising. I feel the 3 most important things are… • Being planned • Being prepared • Thinking in advance Bend your legs and place your hands on the floor, jump your feet backwards then jump your feet towards your hands and then jump upwards, and repeat! Start on your hands and feet, lower yourself to the ground and push back up again without arching your back or lifting your bottom up too high. TRICEP DIPS SQUATS If this is too difficult you can avoid the jumping by doing one leg at a time, or to make it easier to begin with you can place your hands on a step - use your bottom stair at home. If you are being planned, prepared and thinking in advance then you will never have to grab food on the go (which is never healthy) and you won’t need to get a takeaway or ready meal as you will have already planned what to cook or have a pre prepared meal ready. I recommend batch cooking to my clients. If you make a large meal and divide it into containers, then you don’t need to cook every evening. After a hard tiring day at work, you will have a home cooked meal already prepared. It is important to take lunch with you to work – otherwise you have to go to a café / shop where there is unlikely to be anything healthy. I teach my clients to prepare 2 or 3 lunches at once – this doesn’t take any more time than preparing one meal but it means you have your lunch ready and you don’t need to prepare it every evening. If this is too difficult then place your knees on the ground but aim to get as low as you can, keeping your body shifted forwards and your head going down in front of your hands. Here are my top 5 tips for you… Use a chair / bed / sofa and place your hands on the surface with your fingers facing your feet. Drop your body down bending at the elbow joint, and then lift your body up again – keep repeating Start with your feet hip width apart. Bend at your knees and stick your bottom backwards – pretend you are sitting on a chair behind you. Try to not let your knees and feet turn inwards. Keep repeating. • Tip 1. Don’t go on a crash diet (cereal diet / shake diet) – you will lose weight but it isn’t sustainable and you will only put it (plus more) back on. You just need to eat healthily the majority of the time and treat yourself occasionally. Avoid the chocolate, biscuits, crisps, pizzas and fizzy drinks • Tip 2. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink! Alcohol has so many calories, and it also affects your fat metabolism as it stops producing vital hormones for fat burning. Take away the habit of having it every evening and just have it for special occasions. • Tip 3 - Always eat breakfast – it is always important to eat a good quality breakfast and it will stop you snacking on other things throughout the morning. www.kristypersonaltrainer.co.uk • Tip 4 – Limit the white starchy carbohydrates and replace them with a better option... white pasta - wholemeal pasta / potatoes - sweet potato wedges / chips - roasted parsnips or sweet potato chips / white rice - brown rice or quinoa / white bread - wholemeal bread Mob: 07890491417 Tip 5 – Drink lots of water. It is so important to drink regularly and stay hydrated. It also helps with weight loss and removing toxins from the body.
FITNESS  FITNESS  Exercises To Do At Home     By Kristy Ellis     Personal Trainer  54  I teach my clients so many exercis...
56 HEALTH & WELLBEING HEALTH & WELLBEING Are you looking after yourself? Eating healthily, taking regular exercise and making time for yourself all help to maintain your health; but, with most of us tightly focused on our busy working and home lives, looking after our own well-being isn’t always a top priority and often only an unwelcome illness precipitates a visit to the doctor. Is Pilates suitable for the Older Person? Local Pilates Fitness Expert Philippa Burnett often gets asked by new clients whether they are too old to do Pilates. They know that they should be doing some form of exercise, but are concerned whether Pilates is a suitable form of exercise for them? “This always brings a smile to my face, as what age is considered old these days is surely just a matter of perspective,” says Philippa. “Are we talking 40/50/60 or even 90yrs, and doesn’t it really all depend on how old you are as to what age you consider to be old? My mother (76yrs) has been coming to my classes for over 15yrs and I’m sure if you asked her she wouldn’t consider herself old, nor would she wonder if she should still be doing Pilates at her age as she knows that by attending her weekly class she has been able to continue gardening regularly and look after her great grandchildren.” Philippa says “Do not let your ‘age’ be the deciding factor in choosing whether to do Pilates or not.” Pilates is all about movement, being able to move slowly and with fluidity with the least amount of strain on our joints as possible. It’s a form of exercise that falls into the Mind, Body & Soul category, and that means that we focus on our movements ensuring that we are doing them with precision. Breathing is hugely beneficial for all and this plays a big part in Pilates. Balance, co-ordination, improving your flexibility and strength, all of which improves normal functional movement, are some of the benefits of doing Pilates. We keep the joints mobile, which is great for arthritis. Philippa explains “The body is a master of compensations, so if you let one joint become stiff, it has a negative effect on the joint above and below this is often how chronic Philippa Burnett Owner of Balance Studio in Newark – Newark’s first and only dedicated Pilates and Low Back Pain Studio. Clinically trained Pilates Matwork and Reformer teacher. Trained with Body Control Pilates in London and Stott Pilates in Canada Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist Experienced Muscle Activation Therapist Over 15years experience • Runs Pilates classes at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. • Runs “Healthy Backs 4 Life’ classes. • Specialises in private 1:1sessions for clients that have Low Back Pain, Postural Imbalances and Rehabilitation. • Hosts Well Being Wednesday • Runs Mindset and Meditation Courses. Tel: 01636 673931 | Mob: 07941018203 Email: pilatesbyphilippa@btinternet.com Web:www.pilatesbyphilippa.com low back pain and other issues develop”. For those clients who have more specilised needs, like arthritis, hip replacements, knee replacements and low back pain, at Balance Studio we run specific Healthy Backs 4 Life classes designed to get you more mobile, stronger and reduce those aches and pains. Clients love their Pilates and their bodies love their Pilates as bodies want to move. Philippa always offers new clients the chance to come and try a class for free as she knows that by spending a whole hour focusing on YOU, doing something wonderful for your body will mean that you walk out of Balance Studio feeling so much better than when you walked in. Our philosophy at Balance is that everyone deserves to lead a healthier, happier life and we help clients to achieve this by running small group Pilates classes that are structured, progressive, friendly and fun, so that our clinically trained teachers get the best result for each and everyone one of you. We all know the maxim “prevention is better than cure” and undergoing a regular Health Assessment Check can certainly provide the confidence and reassurance of good health but it also allows the early diagnosis and treatment of many common conditions. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer become increasingly common as we get older and an early diagnosis can lead to optimised and more effective treatments. With health systems oversubscribed and coping with established illness, a regular health assessment is not usually a priority offered to people who are thought to be well. However, many people and companies are thinking forwards and looking to maintain their own, or their employees’ health rather than have to react to illness and the disruption it causes. A Health Assessment Check can take as little as an hour and if undertaken on a regular basis can ensure that sometimes insidious problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol don’t go unnoticed and lead to more serious illnesses later in life. In addition, the absence of the pressure of dealing with a specific illness allows more time for discussion with a healthcare professional about general health related matters which might always have been at the back of your mind. If you are over 45 and healthy, it is worth considering planning checks into your regular routine by arranging a Health Assessment Check once a year - often tying it to your birthday is a good aide memoir. 57
56  HEALTH   WELLBEING  HEALTH   WELLBEING  Are you looking after yourself  Eating healthily, taking regular exercise and ...
56 HEALTH & WELLBEING HEALTH & WELLBEING Are you looking after yourself? Eating healthily, taking regular exercise and making time for yourself all help to maintain your health; but, with most of us tightly focused on our busy working and home lives, looking after our own well-being isn’t always a top priority and often only an unwelcome illness precipitates a visit to the doctor. Is Pilates suitable for the Older Person? Local Pilates Fitness Expert Philippa Burnett often gets asked by new clients whether they are too old to do Pilates. They know that they should be doing some form of exercise, but are concerned whether Pilates is a suitable form of exercise for them? “This always brings a smile to my face, as what age is considered old these days is surely just a matter of perspective,” says Philippa. “Are we talking 40/50/60 or even 90yrs, and doesn’t it really all depend on how old you are as to what age you consider to be old? My mother (76yrs) has been coming to my classes for over 15yrs and I’m sure if you asked her she wouldn’t consider herself old, nor would she wonder if she should still be doing Pilates at her age as she knows that by attending her weekly class she has been able to continue gardening regularly and look after her great grandchildren.” Philippa says “Do not let your ‘age’ be the deciding factor in choosing whether to do Pilates or not.” Pilates is all about movement, being able to move slowly and with fluidity with the least amount of strain on our joints as possible. It’s a form of exercise that falls into the Mind, Body & Soul category, and that means that we focus on our movements ensuring that we are doing them with precision. Breathing is hugely beneficial for all and this plays a big part in Pilates. Balance, co-ordination, improving your flexibility and strength, all of which improves normal functional movement, are some of the benefits of doing Pilates. We keep the joints mobile, which is great for arthritis. Philippa explains “The body is a master of compensations, so if you let one joint become stiff, it has a negative effect on the joint above and below this is often how chronic Philippa Burnett Owner of Balance Studio in Newark – Newark’s first and only dedicated Pilates and Low Back Pain Studio. Clinically trained Pilates Matwork and Reformer teacher. Trained with Body Control Pilates in London and Stott Pilates in Canada Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist Experienced Muscle Activation Therapist Over 15years experience • Runs Pilates classes at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. • Runs “Healthy Backs 4 Life’ classes. • Specialises in private 1:1sessions for clients that have Low Back Pain, Postural Imbalances and Rehabilitation. • Hosts Well Being Wednesday • Runs Mindset and Meditation Courses. Tel: 01636 673931 | Mob: 07941018203 Email: pilatesbyphilippa@btinternet.com Web:www.pilatesbyphilippa.com low back pain and other issues develop”. For those clients who have more specilised needs, like arthritis, hip replacements, knee replacements and low back pain, at Balance Studio we run specific Healthy Backs 4 Life classes designed to get you more mobile, stronger and reduce those aches and pains. Clients love their Pilates and their bodies love their Pilates as bodies want to move. Philippa always offers new clients the chance to come and try a class for free as she knows that by spending a whole hour focusing on YOU, doing something wonderful for your body will mean that you walk out of Balance Studio feeling so much better than when you walked in. Our philosophy at Balance is that everyone deserves to lead a healthier, happier life and we help clients to achieve this by running small group Pilates classes that are structured, progressive, friendly and fun, so that our clinically trained teachers get the best result for each and everyone one of you. We all know the maxim “prevention is better than cure” and undergoing a regular Health Assessment Check can certainly provide the confidence and reassurance of good health but it also allows the early diagnosis and treatment of many common conditions. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer become increasingly common as we get older and an early diagnosis can lead to optimised and more effective treatments. With health systems oversubscribed and coping with established illness, a regular health assessment is not usually a priority offered to people who are thought to be well. However, many people and companies are thinking forwards and looking to maintain their own, or their employees’ health rather than have to react to illness and the disruption it causes. A Health Assessment Check can take as little as an hour and if undertaken on a regular basis can ensure that sometimes insidious problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol don’t go unnoticed and lead to more serious illnesses later in life. In addition, the absence of the pressure of dealing with a specific illness allows more time for discussion with a healthcare professional about general health related matters which might always have been at the back of your mind. If you are over 45 and healthy, it is worth considering planning checks into your regular routine by arranging a Health Assessment Check once a year - often tying it to your birthday is a good aide memoir. 57
56  HEALTH   WELLBEING  HEALTH   WELLBEING  Are you looking after yourself  Eating healthily, taking regular exercise and ...
Foster Care Transforms Children’s Lives Imagine the difference you could make to a child’s life who, for various reasons, can’t be cared for by their own parents. The demand for foster carers in the Nottinghamshire and East Midlands area is increasing and there are more and more young children, sibling groups and teenagers needing a safe, supportive and positive family environment to help them reach their true potential in life. With over 200 children currently needing a foster home Park Foster Care are urging people, who have wondered about fostering to come forward and transform the life of a child in care. Park Foster Care provides excellent guidance and advice to those thinking of fostering. Our team of experienced staff recruit, train and support you through your journey of becoming a foster carer. We also work with existing foster carers who want to move from another agency or the Local Authority; wanting to experience higher levels of support and feel a positive connection with a small friendly agency team. No two foster families are the same and our children in care need a variety of fostering households i.e. Singles, couples, same sex carers from all ethnic backgrounds. Transforming the life of a child, sibling group or a teenager through fostering will be life changing, it may not happen overnight but with empathy, understanding and just being there through hard times, it’s one of the most rewarding jobs out there. Our free Skills to Foster training is local and it’s here that your journey begins into understanding and discovering if fostering is for you. The key is not to rule yourself out! Is there an upper age restriction? Everyone is an individual and here at Park we acknowledge that carers come from all ages and backgrounds. Life experience, personality and the desire to help and care for a child is the key. You must be over 21yrs of age with a good sense of humour and fun is helpful too. I’m a single person, could I foster? Yes. Some children in care really blossom with a single female or male foster carer which helps them to trust adults again. There is mandatory Safer Care & Safeguarding training with additional courses for ‘Men Who Foster’ too. We provide a robust matching process, a respite package and team support so you’re never alone. I don’t own my house? Lots of people rent their property nowadays and so this wouldn’t rule you out of becoming a foster carer, you will need at least one spare bedroom. If you have two or more spare bedrooms you might like to think about looking after siblings, helping them stay together. Can I foster if I have/ haven’t got birth children? Yes, this can be a rewarding experience for families with children and some children in care would really wish to live with other children. There are some children too who would benefit from being the only child in the household so we would like to receive interest from people who may not have had their own children or perhaps your children have now left home. Independent Fostering Agency or Local Authority? We pride ourselves in knowing our foster carers well, building strong relationships with each other right from the start and working together to help improve the outcomes for children. Our foster carers have a higher level of support from our agency and Supervising Social Worker, meeting other local carers through fostering forums, a competitive fee & support package and access to parenting support group. Our continued dedication to our foster carers has helped develop our services too and we are proud to unveil our new Children’s Therapy room in October. Some Fostering Questions Answered
Foster Care Transforms Children   s Lives Imagine the difference you could make to a child   s life who, for various reaso...
Foster Care Transforms Children’s Lives Imagine the difference you could make to a child’s life who, for various reasons, can’t be cared for by their own parents. The demand for foster carers in the Nottinghamshire and East Midlands area is increasing and there are more and more young children, sibling groups and teenagers needing a safe, supportive and positive family environment to help them reach their true potential in life. With over 200 children currently needing a foster home Park Foster Care are urging people, who have wondered about fostering to come forward and transform the life of a child in care. Park Foster Care provides excellent guidance and advice to those thinking of fostering. Our team of experienced staff recruit, train and support you through your journey of becoming a foster carer. We also work with existing foster carers who want to move from another agency or the Local Authority; wanting to experience higher levels of support and feel a positive connection with a small friendly agency team. No two foster families are the same and our children in care need a variety of fostering households i.e. Singles, couples, same sex carers from all ethnic backgrounds. Transforming the life of a child, sibling group or a teenager through fostering will be life changing, it may not happen overnight but with empathy, understanding and just being there through hard times, it’s one of the most rewarding jobs out there. Our free Skills to Foster training is local and it’s here that your journey begins into understanding and discovering if fostering is for you. The key is not to rule yourself out! Is there an upper age restriction? Everyone is an individual and here at Park we acknowledge that carers come from all ages and backgrounds. Life experience, personality and the desire to help and care for a child is the key. You must be over 21yrs of age with a good sense of humour and fun is helpful too. I’m a single person, could I foster? Yes. Some children in care really blossom with a single female or male foster carer which helps them to trust adults again. There is mandatory Safer Care & Safeguarding training with additional courses for ‘Men Who Foster’ too. We provide a robust matching process, a respite package and team support so you’re never alone. I don’t own my house? Lots of people rent their property nowadays and so this wouldn’t rule you out of becoming a foster carer, you will need at least one spare bedroom. If you have two or more spare bedrooms you might like to think about looking after siblings, helping them stay together. Can I foster if I have/ haven’t got birth children? Yes, this can be a rewarding experience for families with children and some children in care would really wish to live with other children. There are some children too who would benefit from being the only child in the household so we would like to receive interest from people who may not have had their own children or perhaps your children have now left home. Independent Fostering Agency or Local Authority? We pride ourselves in knowing our foster carers well, building strong relationships with each other right from the start and working together to help improve the outcomes for children. Our foster carers have a higher level of support from our agency and Supervising Social Worker, meeting other local carers through fostering forums, a competitive fee & support package and access to parenting support group. Our continued dedication to our foster carers has helped develop our services too and we are proud to unveil our new Children’s Therapy room in October. Some Fostering Questions Answered
Foster Care Transforms Children   s Lives Imagine the difference you could make to a child   s life who, for various reaso...
HEALTH & WELLBEING 60 HEALTH & WELLBEING Turning the tables on shoulder pain Following prolonged pain, a ruined holiday and a year lost from playing table tennis, 77-year-old Mr Robert Atkinson is back and playing after undergoing keyhole surgery at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre. Before the surgery, the pain became so bad he had to give up his weekly game of table tennis, “I still had enough movement to play a game,” he explained, “but the pain the next day was just excruciating.” Mr Atkinson received a series of injections in his shoulder that gave temporary relief, and eventually he was told that surgery was the only way forward. He was disappointed to learn he would have to wait months for treatment, until fortunately, a neighbour alerted him to the fact that patients can usually choose where to have their NHS treatment and that another provider might have a shorter waiting list. He contacted his GP to ask if a different hospital could carry out the surgery and two days later he was receiving his initial assessment at Barlborough 61 A Few Drops of Luxury By Mackenzie Orrock NHS Treatment Centre. “I was delighted from the moment I walked in. It was immaculate. The reception team were very welcoming and the surgeon took time to talk to me about my results and my treatment.” Following several physiotherapy sessions he is now back playing table tennis. “I have had treatment in private hospitals and this NHS centre matches them all in quality and care. If I ever need more treatment I would not choose anywhere else.” Two generations, a passion for travel and a secret recipe that dates back over 80 years are the story behind luxury bath oil brand Olverum. Its unique blend of 10 pure essential oils have been designed to naturally relieve stress and aching joints and muscles and improve quality of sleep but does it actually work? First thing’s first, it smells AMAZING. It’s got that luxury spa scent and if you read the ‘directions for use’ properly (unlike I did the first time around) it only takes a few drops to fill the bathroom. It feels really nourishing on the skin too without making the bath slimey and it leaves skin moisturised and fragrant even once you’re dry. In terms of its claims I can’t say that I noticed an improvement when it came to sleeping but as a light sleeper anyway I wasn’t expecting miracles. I’ve always found lavender and essential oils relaxing though and the Olverum Bath Oil was no exception, it definitely leaves you feeling zen. Retailing at £26 for 125ml and £48 for 250ml it’s not the cheapest of its kind on the market but I have to confess I’m a believer in the whole ‘you get what you pay for’ concept. The packaging lives up to the price tag too with the weighted glass bottle and elegant design adding a touch of luxury to the whole experience. A little goes a long way so it’s not bad value for money but a word of warning, it is a little too easy to go overboard so approach with a steady hand! Verdict: Being a little bit more on the pricey side it’s not something I’d use every day but I’d definitely buy it as a treat for myself or a gift for a friend or family member. Overall Rating 8/10
HEALTH   WELLBEING  60  HEALTH   WELLBEING  Turning the tables on shoulder pain Following prolonged pain, a ruined holiday...
HEALTH & WELLBEING 60 HEALTH & WELLBEING Turning the tables on shoulder pain Following prolonged pain, a ruined holiday and a year lost from playing table tennis, 77-year-old Mr Robert Atkinson is back and playing after undergoing keyhole surgery at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre. Before the surgery, the pain became so bad he had to give up his weekly game of table tennis, “I still had enough movement to play a game,” he explained, “but the pain the next day was just excruciating.” Mr Atkinson received a series of injections in his shoulder that gave temporary relief, and eventually he was told that surgery was the only way forward. He was disappointed to learn he would have to wait months for treatment, until fortunately, a neighbour alerted him to the fact that patients can usually choose where to have their NHS treatment and that another provider might have a shorter waiting list. He contacted his GP to ask if a different hospital could carry out the surgery and two days later he was receiving his initial assessment at Barlborough 61 A Few Drops of Luxury By Mackenzie Orrock NHS Treatment Centre. “I was delighted from the moment I walked in. It was immaculate. The reception team were very welcoming and the surgeon took time to talk to me about my results and my treatment.” Following several physiotherapy sessions he is now back playing table tennis. “I have had treatment in private hospitals and this NHS centre matches them all in quality and care. If I ever need more treatment I would not choose anywhere else.” Two generations, a passion for travel and a secret recipe that dates back over 80 years are the story behind luxury bath oil brand Olverum. Its unique blend of 10 pure essential oils have been designed to naturally relieve stress and aching joints and muscles and improve quality of sleep but does it actually work? First thing’s first, it smells AMAZING. It’s got that luxury spa scent and if you read the ‘directions for use’ properly (unlike I did the first time around) it only takes a few drops to fill the bathroom. It feels really nourishing on the skin too without making the bath slimey and it leaves skin moisturised and fragrant even once you’re dry. In terms of its claims I can’t say that I noticed an improvement when it came to sleeping but as a light sleeper anyway I wasn’t expecting miracles. I’ve always found lavender and essential oils relaxing though and the Olverum Bath Oil was no exception, it definitely leaves you feeling zen. Retailing at £26 for 125ml and £48 for 250ml it’s not the cheapest of its kind on the market but I have to confess I’m a believer in the whole ‘you get what you pay for’ concept. The packaging lives up to the price tag too with the weighted glass bottle and elegant design adding a touch of luxury to the whole experience. A little goes a long way so it’s not bad value for money but a word of warning, it is a little too easy to go overboard so approach with a steady hand! Verdict: Being a little bit more on the pricey side it’s not something I’d use every day but I’d definitely buy it as a treat for myself or a gift for a friend or family member. Overall Rating 8/10
HEALTH   WELLBEING  60  HEALTH   WELLBEING  Turning the tables on shoulder pain Following prolonged pain, a ruined holiday...
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Paris  Majorca  Santorini  Berlin  HEALTH   WELLBEING  Rome  62  Great Escapes
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GREAT ESCAPES Valencia A city with a thousand personalities ideal for enjoying spectacular surroundings and various activities Ancient City the urban beaches are next to the marina. The beach promenade (paseo maritimo) connects the Las Arenas, Malvarrosa and Patacona beaches, where you can take part in outdoor sports, or simply enjoy Valencian cuisine with views out to sea. It is also possible to view the city from another perspective by going for a pleasant sail along the Mediterranean on the various pleasure boats that are moored up next to the Veles y Vents building. The space next to the sea is ideal for enjoying spectacular surroundings with various activities to choose from over the course of the year, and which over the coming years will be turned into a space for new technology companies, shopping, restaurants, new hotels and a club for mega yachts. The Marina is also chosen by numerous yacht skippers as a harbour for the winter months. Natural Space Valencia has a green carpet covering more than two million square metres. The Cabecera Park, the largest in Europe, crowns the old Turia riverbed to the west of the city. It is here that we find the start of the Turia Gardens, a large, traffic-free green space measuring some 10 km in length that enables visitors to cross the city on foot or bike almost to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The period covering the 14th to the 16th centuries saw Valencia live through its golden age. A highly representative era in terms of economics, politics and culture, the city became the commercial centre of Europe, as well as the birthplace of the silk trade, the city’s most important industry from the 14th- to the 17th-century. Up until then, the city was limited to what we now know as the historic centre, one of the largest of its kind in Europe, and it was not until the late 19th-century that Valencia began to grow urbanistically, finally extending to include the 19 districts that it is composed of today. By the sea Valencia has 19 km of beaches that are perfectly reachable by the public bus and tram network, as well as the cycle lanes. They can also be visited by car, as they all have plenty of parking spaces. To the south of Valencia, the remoter beaches can be found, next to the Dehesa Natural Park, whilst More than just a zoo! Bioparc Valencia A place full of life where more than 4,000 animals from over 250 different species live together. Bioparc allows you to visit the heart of Africa, from the savannah to Madagascar, going through tropical forests, all of which are perfectly recreated. In the African savannah, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions and charming mongooses can all be seen. There are also hyenas, mole rats and even huge baobabs that show the typical landscape of equatorial Africa. A herd of elephant also lives here, who shamelessly take a bath and delight the visitors. FURTHER INFORMATION Bioparc Valencia: www.bioparcvalencia.es Courtesy of Visit Valencia 65
GREAT ESCAPES  Valencia A city with a thousand personalities ideal for enjoying spectacular surroundings and various activ...
GREAT ESCAPES Valencia A city with a thousand personalities ideal for enjoying spectacular surroundings and various activities Ancient City the urban beaches are next to the marina. The beach promenade (paseo maritimo) connects the Las Arenas, Malvarrosa and Patacona beaches, where you can take part in outdoor sports, or simply enjoy Valencian cuisine with views out to sea. It is also possible to view the city from another perspective by going for a pleasant sail along the Mediterranean on the various pleasure boats that are moored up next to the Veles y Vents building. The space next to the sea is ideal for enjoying spectacular surroundings with various activities to choose from over the course of the year, and which over the coming years will be turned into a space for new technology companies, shopping, restaurants, new hotels and a club for mega yachts. The Marina is also chosen by numerous yacht skippers as a harbour for the winter months. Natural Space Valencia has a green carpet covering more than two million square metres. The Cabecera Park, the largest in Europe, crowns the old Turia riverbed to the west of the city. It is here that we find the start of the Turia Gardens, a large, traffic-free green space measuring some 10 km in length that enables visitors to cross the city on foot or bike almost to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The period covering the 14th to the 16th centuries saw Valencia live through its golden age. A highly representative era in terms of economics, politics and culture, the city became the commercial centre of Europe, as well as the birthplace of the silk trade, the city’s most important industry from the 14th- to the 17th-century. Up until then, the city was limited to what we now know as the historic centre, one of the largest of its kind in Europe, and it was not until the late 19th-century that Valencia began to grow urbanistically, finally extending to include the 19 districts that it is composed of today. By the sea Valencia has 19 km of beaches that are perfectly reachable by the public bus and tram network, as well as the cycle lanes. They can also be visited by car, as they all have plenty of parking spaces. To the south of Valencia, the remoter beaches can be found, next to the Dehesa Natural Park, whilst More than just a zoo! Bioparc Valencia A place full of life where more than 4,000 animals from over 250 different species live together. Bioparc allows you to visit the heart of Africa, from the savannah to Madagascar, going through tropical forests, all of which are perfectly recreated. In the African savannah, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions and charming mongooses can all be seen. There are also hyenas, mole rats and even huge baobabs that show the typical landscape of equatorial Africa. A herd of elephant also lives here, who shamelessly take a bath and delight the visitors. FURTHER INFORMATION Bioparc Valencia: www.bioparcvalencia.es Courtesy of Visit Valencia 65
GREAT ESCAPES  Valencia A city with a thousand personalities ideal for enjoying spectacular surroundings and various activ...
GREAT ESCAPES Courtesy of Visit Lincoln www.visitlincoln.com 66 GREAT ESCAPES 67 Perfect places for you to unwind! S ometimes a bit of wind-down time away from the daily stresses of life to neglect your routine responsibilities is exactly what you need. But of course, you can’t ignore the expense of such luxuries; little do people know you don’t have to go abroad in order to achieve your perfect weekend break! Worcestershire Worcestershire offers a range of spectacular attractions from the wonders of Worcester Cathedral and its intriguing history to Witley By Maddie Storey Courts and Gardens where one can stroll through the ruins of Whitley Court being whisked back to an era of lavish parties before exploring the magnificent landscaped gardens, home to the Perseus and Andromeda fountain operating on the hour as it brings the garden to life. Wander through woodlands admiring the grounds or participate in a ‘behind the scenes’ tour to delve into the rich history of past residents and Witley church. Relax for a spot of afternoon tea and browse the heritageinspired gifts, souvenirs and traditional children’s toys in the gift shop to remember your experience by. Warwickshire Take a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, to visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare; a man who shaped the literary world we live in. Explore the rest of this beautiful town by purchasing a 24 hour open top double decker bus ticket to venture the streets on. For an amazing retail experience visit the Bull Ring in Birmingham with over 160 stores to browse and shop including high street brands, not to mention endless tempting places to dine. Lincolnshire Whilst Lincoln offers amazing high street shopping with a variety of leading stores and brands as well as dining experiences for all the family or that perfect romantic meal, Steep Hill is tucked away from the big name brands. Lined with independent shops of every kind, tea rooms and pubs Steep Hill provides an authentic village experience with gorgeous cobbled streets which lead all the way to the picturesque cathedral at the top of the hill from which one can look over Lincolnshire. If you fancy a seaside break, head further East to Skegness or Mablethorpe where you can enjoy the sandy coast, and sample the bustling touristic life of seaside towns. Stroll down the beach to the glistening sea, eating donuts and ice creams by the coast. Skegness provides a lively atmosphere with plenty of active things to do from the Natureland Seal Sanctuary to Fantasy Island’s rollercoasters and live shows. After all, who doesn’t love fish and chips on the beach? Derbyshire Walk through the scenic valleys and national parks of the Peak district appreciating the landscape and animals as you hike over fields and stroll down pretty riverside paths. Follow the famous Tissington trail by foot or bike to experience the natural, breath-taking wonders of Derbyshire. On the trail is Tissington Hall, a historic hall displaying wonderful paintings, furniture and porcelain. Close by, near Matlock, The National Tramway Museum in Crich is stunningly located and immerses you in the history of trams from the first horse powered trams to electric modern transport. You can ride the trams, explore periodic recreated village scenes and attend indoor exhibitions to your heart’s content to educate yourself on the advancement of transport as well as laying your eyes upon amazing preserved historical prizes. Leicestershire In Leicestershire, take a trip to Belvoir castle to indulge in the history or take a scenic walk through Bradgate Park where you can admire the streams and wildlife in Swithland Wood. Take a picnic or have tea and cake looking over the gorgeous grounds, home to deer and various species of animal before visiting Old John Tower at the highest point in the park, one of the most famous landmarks in Leicestershire. A more exciting option for all the family could be the wonders of The National Space centrefull of exhilarating things to learn and interact with, the space centre appeals to all ages. With various sections to explore including the iconic 42m rocket tower and the UK’s largest planetarium as well as interactive galleries and a unique 3D simulator, you are given unlimited new and exciting opportunities to enjoy one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions. Staffordshire The gems of Staffordshire include the Gladstone Pottery museum which is located in a restored Victorian china works and offers you the chance to delve into the fascinating history of the famous Stoke-on-Trent quality pottery before trying yourself to craft bone china or watch intriguing pottery demonstrations. Of course Staffordshire is home to hugely famous attractions such as Alton Towers; however the natural beauty hides in places like Shugborough Hall. A marvellous stately home situated in the countryside perfectly equipped for a splendid day out with tea rooms and various shops as well as the breath-taking landscape to be favoured. Northamptonshire Northamptonshire proposes multiple attractions for all different interests; you can participate in an exhilarating, once in a lifetime opportunity at Skydive Hinton or stroll through the Brackley antique cellar, indulging in the rich history whilst you browse furniture, priceless interior and ancient collectables. Spend an afternoon wandering the Heart of Shires shopping village, exploring independent shops full of food, clothing and much more. Amble aimlessly through the stunning gardens of Steane Park or Coton Manor in order to appreciate the perfect surroundings. Whether the history of Lincolnshire or the sandy seaside appeals, your weekend escape isn’t too far with the amount of things to do and see in and around the Midlands, making it the perfect place to unwind and reach utter relaxation.
GREAT ESCAPES  Courtesy of Visit Lincoln www.visitlincoln.com  66  GREAT ESCAPES  67  Perfect places for you to unwind  S ...
GREAT ESCAPES Courtesy of Visit Lincoln www.visitlincoln.com 66 GREAT ESCAPES 67 Perfect places for you to unwind! S ometimes a bit of wind-down time away from the daily stresses of life to neglect your routine responsibilities is exactly what you need. But of course, you can’t ignore the expense of such luxuries; little do people know you don’t have to go abroad in order to achieve your perfect weekend break! Worcestershire Worcestershire offers a range of spectacular attractions from the wonders of Worcester Cathedral and its intriguing history to Witley By Maddie Storey Courts and Gardens where one can stroll through the ruins of Whitley Court being whisked back to an era of lavish parties before exploring the magnificent landscaped gardens, home to the Perseus and Andromeda fountain operating on the hour as it brings the garden to life. Wander through woodlands admiring the grounds or participate in a ‘behind the scenes’ tour to delve into the rich history of past residents and Witley church. Relax for a spot of afternoon tea and browse the heritageinspired gifts, souvenirs and traditional children’s toys in the gift shop to remember your experience by. Warwickshire Take a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, to visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare; a man who shaped the literary world we live in. Explore the rest of this beautiful town by purchasing a 24 hour open top double decker bus ticket to venture the streets on. For an amazing retail experience visit the Bull Ring in Birmingham with over 160 stores to browse and shop including high street brands, not to mention endless tempting places to dine. Lincolnshire Whilst Lincoln offers amazing high street shopping with a variety of leading stores and brands as well as dining experiences for all the family or that perfect romantic meal, Steep Hill is tucked away from the big name brands. Lined with independent shops of every kind, tea rooms and pubs Steep Hill provides an authentic village experience with gorgeous cobbled streets which lead all the way to the picturesque cathedral at the top of the hill from which one can look over Lincolnshire. If you fancy a seaside break, head further East to Skegness or Mablethorpe where you can enjoy the sandy coast, and sample the bustling touristic life of seaside towns. Stroll down the beach to the glistening sea, eating donuts and ice creams by the coast. Skegness provides a lively atmosphere with plenty of active things to do from the Natureland Seal Sanctuary to Fantasy Island’s rollercoasters and live shows. After all, who doesn’t love fish and chips on the beach? Derbyshire Walk through the scenic valleys and national parks of the Peak district appreciating the landscape and animals as you hike over fields and stroll down pretty riverside paths. Follow the famous Tissington trail by foot or bike to experience the natural, breath-taking wonders of Derbyshire. On the trail is Tissington Hall, a historic hall displaying wonderful paintings, furniture and porcelain. Close by, near Matlock, The National Tramway Museum in Crich is stunningly located and immerses you in the history of trams from the first horse powered trams to electric modern transport. You can ride the trams, explore periodic recreated village scenes and attend indoor exhibitions to your heart’s content to educate yourself on the advancement of transport as well as laying your eyes upon amazing preserved historical prizes. Leicestershire In Leicestershire, take a trip to Belvoir castle to indulge in the history or take a scenic walk through Bradgate Park where you can admire the streams and wildlife in Swithland Wood. Take a picnic or have tea and cake looking over the gorgeous grounds, home to deer and various species of animal before visiting Old John Tower at the highest point in the park, one of the most famous landmarks in Leicestershire. A more exciting option for all the family could be the wonders of The National Space centrefull of exhilarating things to learn and interact with, the space centre appeals to all ages. With various sections to explore including the iconic 42m rocket tower and the UK’s largest planetarium as well as interactive galleries and a unique 3D simulator, you are given unlimited new and exciting opportunities to enjoy one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions. Staffordshire The gems of Staffordshire include the Gladstone Pottery museum which is located in a restored Victorian china works and offers you the chance to delve into the fascinating history of the famous Stoke-on-Trent quality pottery before trying yourself to craft bone china or watch intriguing pottery demonstrations. Of course Staffordshire is home to hugely famous attractions such as Alton Towers; however the natural beauty hides in places like Shugborough Hall. A marvellous stately home situated in the countryside perfectly equipped for a splendid day out with tea rooms and various shops as well as the breath-taking landscape to be favoured. Northamptonshire Northamptonshire proposes multiple attractions for all different interests; you can participate in an exhilarating, once in a lifetime opportunity at Skydive Hinton or stroll through the Brackley antique cellar, indulging in the rich history whilst you browse furniture, priceless interior and ancient collectables. Spend an afternoon wandering the Heart of Shires shopping village, exploring independent shops full of food, clothing and much more. Amble aimlessly through the stunning gardens of Steane Park or Coton Manor in order to appreciate the perfect surroundings. Whether the history of Lincolnshire or the sandy seaside appeals, your weekend escape isn’t too far with the amount of things to do and see in and around the Midlands, making it the perfect place to unwind and reach utter relaxation.
GREAT ESCAPES  Courtesy of Visit Lincoln www.visitlincoln.com  66  GREAT ESCAPES  67  Perfect places for you to unwind  S ...
GREAT ESCAPES 68 69 Four Corners of Norfolk East Norfolk With the coast, a unique National Park and a medieval city, there are plenty of reasons to visit East Norfolk. As well as enormous sandy beaches, the Norfolk Broads are 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways (that’s more than Venice) that have now been designated a National Park. Hire a day boat at Wroxham and take to the water, but the Broads are just as good on foot or by cycle. Norwich has a rich history that can be explored in the higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets, at the imposing Norman castle and stunning cathedral. The compact city centre is easily walkable, so take in the biggest covered market in northern Europe (chips are a must!), the Bridewell Museum of Norwich, the Victorian Royal Arcade and delightful riverside. North Norfolk From the unspoilt and empty beaches of Holkham and Brancaster (favoured by everyone from kite-boarders to film makers), to the family friendly sands of Hunstanton, Sheringham, Cromer and Mundesley, the North Norfolk Coast is truly remarkable. Head inland and you’ll discover an amazing array of places to visit as well as undulating countryside with a rich agricultural past and home to a host of small and award-winning food producers and local pubs. Pretty market towns and villages are also waiting to be found, including gems such as Holt, Burnham Market, Aylsham, Fakenham and Stalham. Their historic streets lined with independent boutiques, galleries and delis are perfect for a day’s ambling. The area is rich in heritage and culture too grand stately homes, museums, festivals and theatres are in abundance. There is also a whole raft of things to do such as a range of amazing family attractions, walks and boating tours and if you are wondering whats on, there is always a variety of different events taking place throughout the year. South Norfolk South Norfolk boasts five bustling towns each with their own character and charm. Amidst rolling countryside you’ll find historic Diss, Loddon, Harleston, Hingham and Wymondham. These vibrant towns are must-visit destinations for shoppers, heritage fans, foodies and art lovers alike. If fine churches, beautiful buildings, traditional markets, independent shops and good old fashioned warm hospitality are what you’re looking for, then South Norfolk’s market towns are brimming with reasons for you to visit and stay. West Norfolk West Norfolk is a truly special place of unspoilt charm and natural beauty, where tranquillity and relaxation are the order of the day. Set against a backdrop of stunning coastline and beautiful countryside, this wonderful side of Norfolk is a sheer pleasure to explore. Once discovered, you’ll want to come back again and again. Brim full of history, West Norfolk is a treasure trove of historic houses, windmills and castles as well as lots of beautiful churches and historic sites. A highlight of any trip is a visit to Sandringham House, the Royal Family’s county retreat, but also don’t miss out on the spectacular Norman Castle at Castle Rising, splendid Houghton Hall, the ever so atmospheric Castle Acre Priory or the classic moated Tudor manor house of Oxburgh Hall. The wonderful coastline offers something special for all ages and at all times of year. The classic family resort of Hunstanton, offers all the elements of a great seaside holiday, with theatre, boat trips, sealife sanctuary, fun fair, seaside amusements, water sports and much more. From the beaches at Hunstanton and neighbouring Heacham, West Norfolk’s wide sandy beaches stretch far along the coast. For relaxing on the beach on a sultry summer afternoon, or a brisk morning walk on a crisp winter’s day, the charm and easy access of West Norfolk will draw you back again and again.
GREAT ESCAPES  68  69  Four Corners of Norfolk East Norfolk  With the coast, a unique National Park and a medieval city, t...
GREAT ESCAPES 68 69 Four Corners of Norfolk East Norfolk With the coast, a unique National Park and a medieval city, there are plenty of reasons to visit East Norfolk. As well as enormous sandy beaches, the Norfolk Broads are 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways (that’s more than Venice) that have now been designated a National Park. Hire a day boat at Wroxham and take to the water, but the Broads are just as good on foot or by cycle. Norwich has a rich history that can be explored in the higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets, at the imposing Norman castle and stunning cathedral. The compact city centre is easily walkable, so take in the biggest covered market in northern Europe (chips are a must!), the Bridewell Museum of Norwich, the Victorian Royal Arcade and delightful riverside. North Norfolk From the unspoilt and empty beaches of Holkham and Brancaster (favoured by everyone from kite-boarders to film makers), to the family friendly sands of Hunstanton, Sheringham, Cromer and Mundesley, the North Norfolk Coast is truly remarkable. Head inland and you’ll discover an amazing array of places to visit as well as undulating countryside with a rich agricultural past and home to a host of small and award-winning food producers and local pubs. Pretty market towns and villages are also waiting to be found, including gems such as Holt, Burnham Market, Aylsham, Fakenham and Stalham. Their historic streets lined with independent boutiques, galleries and delis are perfect for a day’s ambling. The area is rich in heritage and culture too grand stately homes, museums, festivals and theatres are in abundance. There is also a whole raft of things to do such as a range of amazing family attractions, walks and boating tours and if you are wondering whats on, there is always a variety of different events taking place throughout the year. South Norfolk South Norfolk boasts five bustling towns each with their own character and charm. Amidst rolling countryside you’ll find historic Diss, Loddon, Harleston, Hingham and Wymondham. These vibrant towns are must-visit destinations for shoppers, heritage fans, foodies and art lovers alike. If fine churches, beautiful buildings, traditional markets, independent shops and good old fashioned warm hospitality are what you’re looking for, then South Norfolk’s market towns are brimming with reasons for you to visit and stay. West Norfolk West Norfolk is a truly special place of unspoilt charm and natural beauty, where tranquillity and relaxation are the order of the day. Set against a backdrop of stunning coastline and beautiful countryside, this wonderful side of Norfolk is a sheer pleasure to explore. Once discovered, you’ll want to come back again and again. Brim full of history, West Norfolk is a treasure trove of historic houses, windmills and castles as well as lots of beautiful churches and historic sites. A highlight of any trip is a visit to Sandringham House, the Royal Family’s county retreat, but also don’t miss out on the spectacular Norman Castle at Castle Rising, splendid Houghton Hall, the ever so atmospheric Castle Acre Priory or the classic moated Tudor manor house of Oxburgh Hall. The wonderful coastline offers something special for all ages and at all times of year. The classic family resort of Hunstanton, offers all the elements of a great seaside holiday, with theatre, boat trips, sealife sanctuary, fun fair, seaside amusements, water sports and much more. From the beaches at Hunstanton and neighbouring Heacham, West Norfolk’s wide sandy beaches stretch far along the coast. For relaxing on the beach on a sultry summer afternoon, or a brisk morning walk on a crisp winter’s day, the charm and easy access of West Norfolk will draw you back again and again.
GREAT ESCAPES  68  69  Four Corners of Norfolk East Norfolk  With the coast, a unique National Park and a medieval city, t...
GREAT ESCAPES 70 Vous Allez Adorer Paris From museums to trendy bars, from galleries to designer hotels, from unique monuments to highly-prized restaurants, Paris is more than ever a remarkable capital city that likes to surprise Parisians and visitors. Paris is captivating due to the quality of its lifestyle, which is always being reinvented. On the hotel scene, the number and diversity of establishments continue to grow. Today, Paris boasts more and more innovative, surprising and themed hotels, offering new experiences to hotel guests. Some such examples include the 5 Codet, the 123 Sébastopol and the unique Off Paris Seine, the first floating hotel. Heritage • 37 bridges • 10,100 tons of steel in the Eiffel Tower • 465 parks and gardens • 6,500 years of history Culture • 36,000 works exhibited at the Louvre • 200 churches • 14.3 million visitors to Notre-Dame CREATIVE CITY Cultural sites in Paris are attracting more and more visitors, as can be seen by the millions of entries recorded every year and Paris creates a buzz all year long with some 300 events taking place every day in the city. Among the most popular are the Fête de la Musique (Music Day) and the Nuit des Musées (Museum Night), but also Paris Plages, a summer event which transforms parts of the city into a seaside resort, and the traditional Christmas illuminations that add sparkle to every district. Paris is still resoundingly and forever the capital of fashion, luxury … and shopping! The winter and summer sales are the highlights of this key sector, which throughout the year offers new stores and other attractions to clients in search of something new. Sunday has also become synonymous with shopping, with the opening in 2016 of shops in twelve tourist areas including Montmartre, the Marais and the Champs-Élysées. Also to watch out for, the reopening of the Forum des Shopping Halles with 130 boutiques, and the reopening of the luxury fine food store Hédiard. All the big international fashion houses love Paris and prestigious labels boast boutiques with ever more edgy and ambitious design, and a raft of services for clients. This whirl of activity spills over to all districts with shops vying to provide a diverse offer to appeal to all shoppers whether they are looking for designer wear, vintage fashion, fashion with a French touch, or clothes of ethnic inspiration. At night, Paris becomes more lively and convivial. There is something for all tastes in the capital with its Parisian style, mix of genres and periods. From traditional cabarets to trendy clubs and atypical venues, from permanent addresses to ephemeral evenings, Parisian nights are multifaceted! • 17,500 shops, 4 department stores • 69 days of sales each year Events • More than 300 every day • 1.3 million people in the streets for Nuit Blanche • 1,500 tons of sand for Paris Plages Trends • 25,000 artists living and working in Paris • More than 950 film shoots every year in Paris • 100 countries represented during the Paris fashion shows
GREAT ESCAPES  70  Vous Allez Adorer Paris  From museums to trendy bars, from galleries to designer hotels, from unique mo...
GREAT ESCAPES 70 Vous Allez Adorer Paris From museums to trendy bars, from galleries to designer hotels, from unique monuments to highly-prized restaurants, Paris is more than ever a remarkable capital city that likes to surprise Parisians and visitors. Paris is captivating due to the quality of its lifestyle, which is always being reinvented. On the hotel scene, the number and diversity of establishments continue to grow. Today, Paris boasts more and more innovative, surprising and themed hotels, offering new experiences to hotel guests. Some such examples include the 5 Codet, the 123 Sébastopol and the unique Off Paris Seine, the first floating hotel. Heritage • 37 bridges • 10,100 tons of steel in the Eiffel Tower • 465 parks and gardens • 6,500 years of history Culture • 36,000 works exhibited at the Louvre • 200 churches • 14.3 million visitors to Notre-Dame CREATIVE CITY Cultural sites in Paris are attracting more and more visitors, as can be seen by the millions of entries recorded every year and Paris creates a buzz all year long with some 300 events taking place every day in the city. Among the most popular are the Fête de la Musique (Music Day) and the Nuit des Musées (Museum Night), but also Paris Plages, a summer event which transforms parts of the city into a seaside resort, and the traditional Christmas illuminations that add sparkle to every district. Paris is still resoundingly and forever the capital of fashion, luxury … and shopping! The winter and summer sales are the highlights of this key sector, which throughout the year offers new stores and other attractions to clients in search of something new. Sunday has also become synonymous with shopping, with the opening in 2016 of shops in twelve tourist areas including Montmartre, the Marais and the Champs-Élysées. Also to watch out for, the reopening of the Forum des Shopping Halles with 130 boutiques, and the reopening of the luxury fine food store Hédiard. All the big international fashion houses love Paris and prestigious labels boast boutiques with ever more edgy and ambitious design, and a raft of services for clients. This whirl of activity spills over to all districts with shops vying to provide a diverse offer to appeal to all shoppers whether they are looking for designer wear, vintage fashion, fashion with a French touch, or clothes of ethnic inspiration. At night, Paris becomes more lively and convivial. There is something for all tastes in the capital with its Parisian style, mix of genres and periods. From traditional cabarets to trendy clubs and atypical venues, from permanent addresses to ephemeral evenings, Parisian nights are multifaceted! • 17,500 shops, 4 department stores • 69 days of sales each year Events • More than 300 every day • 1.3 million people in the streets for Nuit Blanche • 1,500 tons of sand for Paris Plages Trends • 25,000 artists living and working in Paris • More than 950 film shoots every year in Paris • 100 countries represented during the Paris fashion shows
GREAT ESCAPES  70  Vous Allez Adorer Paris  From museums to trendy bars, from galleries to designer hotels, from unique mo...
GREAT ESCAPES 72 PARTY PLANNING 73 By Mackenzie Orrock Pack like a Professional I have never taken anything more than hand luggage on holiday. Honestly, never. Whether it’s a fleeting weekend break or a relaxing week away, the trusty 54x45cm suitcase that lives in my garage is all the space I need. It’s become somewhat of a party trick of mine and the feeling I get walking past the queues of travellers stood at overcrowded luggage belts never gets old, but admittedly things do get a little more tricky when it comes to packing for the winter season. You may have ditched the sun hat and sandals but you’ve got bulkier shoes and knitwear to squeeze into their place. Still, I stand by the fact that it’s very much doable with just hand luggage. Here are some tips on how to pack: Choose your suitcase wisely! Go for a sturdy, hard shelled one that’s more likely to last you over the years and that also has hidden pockets and an expanding lid for extra storage space. It may sound like an obvious point but wearing your biggest, heaviest items like boots and jumpers to travel in will leave you with more room for the essentials. If you can only wear it with one outfit, leave it at home. Pack versatile pieces that you can mix and match. Be honest, how many of your essentials are actually essential? The luxury face mask you use twice a week? Doesn’t cut it. The black jumper you’ve packed in case your other black jumper doesn’t look quite right? Also doesn’t count. Take only what you absolutely NEED to get by When it comes to the packing itself, storing things like underwear or light clothing inside shoes is a great way to free up space for any bigger items. Folding and packing in thinner, flatter layers makes a difference too. Choose wisely! Exceptional service and attention to detail While I may have accumulated a makeup bag or two full of 100ml samples over the years that help with the restrictions on liquids, transferring your toiletries into travel sized containers is the easy part. Outfit planning is probably the thing that saves me the most time and space. Prepare something to wear for each day and night away to avoid over packing multiple outfit options. Limit yourself to the products that you can’t live without Buy toothpaste, deodorant, sun cream and other essentials abroad if you’re really struggling for space. Let us WOW you... Planning the perfect party or event often turns quickly from excited inspiration into stress and panic, taking away the fun from your special occasion. But Exclusive Party, a new high end, personal and corporate event planning service, take all the hassle away so you can enjoy the incredible party you always imagined. Owners Rachel Beer and Lisa Moran have been friends for 20 years and both boast impressive careers in hospitality. Their new venture in event planning covers everything you may require from birthday parties with the WOW factor to lavish ladies lunches, right the way through to amazing and unforgettable corporate events. At Exclusive Party the client’s unique vision for their celebration is kept at the forefront of the planner’s mind; every key decision is run past the client so the event runs just as they desire. Rachel and Lisa have hand-picked a group of suppliers who offer only the highest standards and quality as part of their ambition to deliver memorable, seamless events and the utmost in discretion and privacy to their clients. Both Lisa and Rachel share the same passion for creativity and first class customer service, striving to deliver nothing but the best for their clients. Alternatively should you wish to celebrate away from home Exclusive Party can organise your party at a range of exquisite country homes or venues. Many of them are set in beautiful grounds and offer an opportunity for even more creativity and originality in party planning. For those who prefer to host their event further afield, the company also offers planning services abroad. If you are a corporate company and want to impress your clients, the planners can create a unique brand experience for your business that will not be forgotten. Corporate events can be anything from prestigious award dinners to fabulous product launches. Whatever the event, Exclusive Party guarantee exceptional service and attention to detail because they know how vital it is to create a lasting and memorable impression. Whatever the event Exclusive Party strive to create your dream occasion, using creativity and innovation alongside top quality suppliers and customer service to ensure your event is everything you imagined and more. www.exclusiveparty.co.uk Tel: 07900 571295 Email: info@exclusiveparty.co.uk
GREAT ESCAPES  72  PARTY PLANNING  73  By Mackenzie Orrock  Pack like a Professional I have never taken anything more than...
GREAT ESCAPES 72 PARTY PLANNING 73 By Mackenzie Orrock Pack like a Professional I have never taken anything more than hand luggage on holiday. Honestly, never. Whether it’s a fleeting weekend break or a relaxing week away, the trusty 54x45cm suitcase that lives in my garage is all the space I need. It’s become somewhat of a party trick of mine and the feeling I get walking past the queues of travellers stood at overcrowded luggage belts never gets old, but admittedly things do get a little more tricky when it comes to packing for the winter season. You may have ditched the sun hat and sandals but you’ve got bulkier shoes and knitwear to squeeze into their place. Still, I stand by the fact that it’s very much doable with just hand luggage. Here are some tips on how to pack: Choose your suitcase wisely! Go for a sturdy, hard shelled one that’s more likely to last you over the years and that also has hidden pockets and an expanding lid for extra storage space. It may sound like an obvious point but wearing your biggest, heaviest items like boots and jumpers to travel in will leave you with more room for the essentials. If you can only wear it with one outfit, leave it at home. Pack versatile pieces that you can mix and match. Be honest, how many of your essentials are actually essential? The luxury face mask you use twice a week? Doesn’t cut it. The black jumper you’ve packed in case your other black jumper doesn’t look quite right? Also doesn’t count. Take only what you absolutely NEED to get by When it comes to the packing itself, storing things like underwear or light clothing inside shoes is a great way to free up space for any bigger items. Folding and packing in thinner, flatter layers makes a difference too. Choose wisely! Exceptional service and attention to detail While I may have accumulated a makeup bag or two full of 100ml samples over the years that help with the restrictions on liquids, transferring your toiletries into travel sized containers is the easy part. Outfit planning is probably the thing that saves me the most time and space. Prepare something to wear for each day and night away to avoid over packing multiple outfit options. Limit yourself to the products that you can’t live without Buy toothpaste, deodorant, sun cream and other essentials abroad if you’re really struggling for space. Let us WOW you... Planning the perfect party or event often turns quickly from excited inspiration into stress and panic, taking away the fun from your special occasion. But Exclusive Party, a new high end, personal and corporate event planning service, take all the hassle away so you can enjoy the incredible party you always imagined. Owners Rachel Beer and Lisa Moran have been friends for 20 years and both boast impressive careers in hospitality. Their new venture in event planning covers everything you may require from birthday parties with the WOW factor to lavish ladies lunches, right the way through to amazing and unforgettable corporate events. At Exclusive Party the client’s unique vision for their celebration is kept at the forefront of the planner’s mind; every key decision is run past the client so the event runs just as they desire. Rachel and Lisa have hand-picked a group of suppliers who offer only the highest standards and quality as part of their ambition to deliver memorable, seamless events and the utmost in discretion and privacy to their clients. Both Lisa and Rachel share the same passion for creativity and first class customer service, striving to deliver nothing but the best for their clients. Alternatively should you wish to celebrate away from home Exclusive Party can organise your party at a range of exquisite country homes or venues. Many of them are set in beautiful grounds and offer an opportunity for even more creativity and originality in party planning. For those who prefer to host their event further afield, the company also offers planning services abroad. If you are a corporate company and want to impress your clients, the planners can create a unique brand experience for your business that will not be forgotten. Corporate events can be anything from prestigious award dinners to fabulous product launches. Whatever the event, Exclusive Party guarantee exceptional service and attention to detail because they know how vital it is to create a lasting and memorable impression. Whatever the event Exclusive Party strive to create your dream occasion, using creativity and innovation alongside top quality suppliers and customer service to ensure your event is everything you imagined and more. www.exclusiveparty.co.uk Tel: 07900 571295 Email: info@exclusiveparty.co.uk
GREAT ESCAPES  72  PARTY PLANNING  73  By Mackenzie Orrock  Pack like a Professional I have never taken anything more than...
ANTIQUES 75 A new kind of shopping experience bursting with Antiques & Interiors In a pretty market town in Lincolnshire, a new and exciting kind of store has opened and is the talk of the town. Following an official open evening on 12th August (where the store was officially declared open by Lady Mayor Councillor Wootten), The Antiques Store (Grantham) opened its doors for the 1st time on 13th August to a throng of excited people, from dealers to locals and more. The timing of the opening day was purposeful to fit in with the world famous Newark & Lincoln Antiques Week which occurs 6 times a year. The Antiques Store (Grantham) is the brainchild of Antique Fairs organisers at the vast range of dealers that have chosen to join us in this exciting new venture, and at the huge range of visitors to the store. We have had so many locals popping by to welcome us to the town and to wish us well which we truly appreciate”. Visitors to the store can also make use of the sourcing service on offer, Frankie Milford explained “despite the huge eclectic diversity of the items on sale from our many dealers within the store, there may still be a particular item that someone just can’t find. We are delighted to take details of this item and using the vast range of dealers available to us both in the store and further afield we do (Field Dog Fairs Ltd) Charlotte & Frankie Milford. Brimming with 1000s of items, The Antiques Store is a refreshing and new generation of Antiques Store, with one reviewer on the shop’s Facebook page saying “The most fantastic diverse antique centre.....it’s more of a design emporium, containing some beautiful pieces for all tastes and pockets”. The store holds ranges from Antiques, Art, Furniture, Jewellery, Silverware, Collectables, out of print books, Barometers, Postcards, Shabby Chic, Crafts, Artwork from local artists, Retro, Industrial and much more besides. Charlotte Milford said “we are thrilled our best to help them find it. The store has an airy and welcoming feel to it, and the converted Malthouse on Union Street (next to LIDL store) retains many of its charming original features such as the splendid beams. To compliment the range of items in store, the store also stocks the HOWARD range of wood, silver, copper and leather care products. Leaders in the US market for the past 40 years, the range of products are exceptional in quality and performance. Within The Antiques Store, there is also a stockist of Annie Sloan Paints and products. The original and the best, Annie Sloan is one of the world’s most respected paint and colour experts. What does the future hold? The Antiques Store (Grantham) is the blueprint/flagship store for the Milfords with 3 stores planned in the next 5 years. In terms of Grantham, Charlotte & Frankie are looking to expand into suitable small events at the store including: Valuation evenings with a local, popular auctioneer, The Antiques Store Gift Cards, Annie Sloan painting workshops and VIP shopping evenings…so watch this space….. The Antiques Store (Grantham) Union Street, Grantham NG31 6NZ 01476 591548 info@theantiquesstore.co.uk
ANTIQUES  75  A new kind of shopping experience bursting with Antiques   Interiors In a pretty market town in Lincolnshire...
ANTIQUES 75 A new kind of shopping experience bursting with Antiques & Interiors In a pretty market town in Lincolnshire, a new and exciting kind of store has opened and is the talk of the town. Following an official open evening on 12th August (where the store was officially declared open by Lady Mayor Councillor Wootten), The Antiques Store (Grantham) opened its doors for the 1st time on 13th August to a throng of excited people, from dealers to locals and more. The timing of the opening day was purposeful to fit in with the world famous Newark & Lincoln Antiques Week which occurs 6 times a year. The Antiques Store (Grantham) is the brainchild of Antique Fairs organisers at the vast range of dealers that have chosen to join us in this exciting new venture, and at the huge range of visitors to the store. We have had so many locals popping by to welcome us to the town and to wish us well which we truly appreciate”. Visitors to the store can also make use of the sourcing service on offer, Frankie Milford explained “despite the huge eclectic diversity of the items on sale from our many dealers within the store, there may still be a particular item that someone just can’t find. We are delighted to take details of this item and using the vast range of dealers available to us both in the store and further afield we do (Field Dog Fairs Ltd) Charlotte & Frankie Milford. Brimming with 1000s of items, The Antiques Store is a refreshing and new generation of Antiques Store, with one reviewer on the shop’s Facebook page saying “The most fantastic diverse antique centre.....it’s more of a design emporium, containing some beautiful pieces for all tastes and pockets”. The store holds ranges from Antiques, Art, Furniture, Jewellery, Silverware, Collectables, out of print books, Barometers, Postcards, Shabby Chic, Crafts, Artwork from local artists, Retro, Industrial and much more besides. Charlotte Milford said “we are thrilled our best to help them find it. The store has an airy and welcoming feel to it, and the converted Malthouse on Union Street (next to LIDL store) retains many of its charming original features such as the splendid beams. To compliment the range of items in store, the store also stocks the HOWARD range of wood, silver, copper and leather care products. Leaders in the US market for the past 40 years, the range of products are exceptional in quality and performance. Within The Antiques Store, there is also a stockist of Annie Sloan Paints and products. The original and the best, Annie Sloan is one of the world’s most respected paint and colour experts. What does the future hold? The Antiques Store (Grantham) is the blueprint/flagship store for the Milfords with 3 stores planned in the next 5 years. In terms of Grantham, Charlotte & Frankie are looking to expand into suitable small events at the store including: Valuation evenings with a local, popular auctioneer, The Antiques Store Gift Cards, Annie Sloan painting workshops and VIP shopping evenings…so watch this space….. The Antiques Store (Grantham) Union Street, Grantham NG31 6NZ 01476 591548 info@theantiquesstore.co.uk
ANTIQUES  75  A new kind of shopping experience bursting with Antiques   Interiors In a pretty market town in Lincolnshire...
ADVERTISING FEATURE 77 Withering on the vine Is your Income suffering from Record Low interest rates? Income is important. It’s an obvious statement. The difficulty is that, in an uncertain world, investment income is hard to fund right now. Investors looking for income have faced an increasing challenge ever since the financial crisis broke in 2008. Prudence and vigilance became the order of the day as financial institutions across the globe took extreme measures to protect themselves from global meltdown. Central Governments across the world also reacted strongly, forcing interest rates to record lows. Eight years on and interest rates in the UK remain almost non-existent after the recent Bank of England decision to cut interest rates by 0.25% in August. Santander announced the interest rate on its popular 123 account will be halved in November and NatWest recently reduced to just 0.01% the interest rate on its Cash ISA for deposits of less than £25,0000. The result is real losses for savers in bank and building society deposits which fail to match inflation. The bank or building society is maybe the right place for the money that we need in the short term or for an emergency fund, but as previously stated, deposits will not meet the longer-term needs for maintaining the spending power or income potential of our capital. Investors wanting to secure a better level of income have realised that they must look beyond traditional cash deposits and history shows that investing in equities, or shares, has provided investors with a better chance of outpacing inflation over the long term verses other asset classes, particularly if the shares are able to increase the dividend payments year after year. Positively, there are indications that the recent trend of increasing dividend payments could be sustainable. With dividend payouts on the turn, the outlook for equity income funds could be on the up. Equity income funds have a strong track record for delivering attractive, sustainable income and steady returns over the long term but it is worth remembering that not all equity income funds are the same. Some are better for income, while others provide better prospects for total return through reinvestment of income. Corporate bond funds which are, by their nature income producers, remain popular particularly with cautious investors. Once again a diversified interest strategy with exposure to investment grade, sub-investment grade and senior secured debt will help position your money to benefit from growth across the credit spectrum. Commercial property felt the full effects of the credit crunch and the fall in property values left many investors nursing significant losses. But again, history suggests that commercial property has a place in a portfolio for income investors. Its long-term track record is strong and, importantly, it offers returns that are lowly correlated to other assets classes. Investors should however note investing in real asset classes (equities, corporate bonds and commercial property) does not provide the security of capital which is characteristic of a deposit with a bank or building society. The value of the capital, and income from it, can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount invested. Those investing for income need to remember that no one asset class is the panacea. With uncertainty around interest rates, a welldiversified, well managed portfolio which blends a range of asset classes remains the most suitable strategy for investors to satisfy their long-term income needs. To receive a complimentary guide covering wealth management, retirement planning or Inheritance Tax planning, contact Paul Bainbridge Wealth Management on 0115 9445504 or email paul.bainbridge@sjpp.co.uk The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested. The levels and bases of taxation and reliefs from taxation can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances. The Partner Practice represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products. The ‘St. James’s Place Partnership’ and the titles ‘Partner’ and ‘Partner Practice’ are marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place representatives.
ADVERTISING FEATURE  77  Withering on the vine  Is your Income suffering from Record Low interest rates   Income is import...
ADVERTISING FEATURE 77 Withering on the vine Is your Income suffering from Record Low interest rates? Income is important. It’s an obvious statement. The difficulty is that, in an uncertain world, investment income is hard to fund right now. Investors looking for income have faced an increasing challenge ever since the financial crisis broke in 2008. Prudence and vigilance became the order of the day as financial institutions across the globe took extreme measures to protect themselves from global meltdown. Central Governments across the world also reacted strongly, forcing interest rates to record lows. Eight years on and interest rates in the UK remain almost non-existent after the recent Bank of England decision to cut interest rates by 0.25% in August. Santander announced the interest rate on its popular 123 account will be halved in November and NatWest recently reduced to just 0.01% the interest rate on its Cash ISA for deposits of less than £25,0000. The result is real losses for savers in bank and building society deposits which fail to match inflation. The bank or building society is maybe the right place for the money that we need in the short term or for an emergency fund, but as previously stated, deposits will not meet the longer-term needs for maintaining the spending power or income potential of our capital. Investors wanting to secure a better level of income have realised that they must look beyond traditional cash deposits and history shows that investing in equities, or shares, has provided investors with a better chance of outpacing inflation over the long term verses other asset classes, particularly if the shares are able to increase the dividend payments year after year. Positively, there are indications that the recent trend of increasing dividend payments could be sustainable. With dividend payouts on the turn, the outlook for equity income funds could be on the up. Equity income funds have a strong track record for delivering attractive, sustainable income and steady returns over the long term but it is worth remembering that not all equity income funds are the same. Some are better for income, while others provide better prospects for total return through reinvestment of income. Corporate bond funds which are, by their nature income producers, remain popular particularly with cautious investors. Once again a diversified interest strategy with exposure to investment grade, sub-investment grade and senior secured debt will help position your money to benefit from growth across the credit spectrum. Commercial property felt the full effects of the credit crunch and the fall in property values left many investors nursing significant losses. But again, history suggests that commercial property has a place in a portfolio for income investors. Its long-term track record is strong and, importantly, it offers returns that are lowly correlated to other assets classes. Investors should however note investing in real asset classes (equities, corporate bonds and commercial property) does not provide the security of capital which is characteristic of a deposit with a bank or building society. The value of the capital, and income from it, can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount invested. Those investing for income need to remember that no one asset class is the panacea. With uncertainty around interest rates, a welldiversified, well managed portfolio which blends a range of asset classes remains the most suitable strategy for investors to satisfy their long-term income needs. To receive a complimentary guide covering wealth management, retirement planning or Inheritance Tax planning, contact Paul Bainbridge Wealth Management on 0115 9445504 or email paul.bainbridge@sjpp.co.uk The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested. The levels and bases of taxation and reliefs from taxation can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances. The Partner Practice represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products. The ‘St. James’s Place Partnership’ and the titles ‘Partner’ and ‘Partner Practice’ are marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place representatives.
ADVERTISING FEATURE  77  Withering on the vine  Is your Income suffering from Record Low interest rates   Income is import...
WEDDINGS Finding your dream dress 79 Mermaid/Fit & Flare We love the mermaid silhouette and it looks incredible if you are an hourglass shape. Designers such as Augusta Jones do this look flawlessly. This is a dress shape that always looks amazing with an illusion lace detailed back. Princess The princess shape is a true classic dress. With a cinched in waist and a full ball gown skirt this shape always looks incredible on our pear shaped ladies. Australian designer Sophia Tolli is known for her show stopping princess shapes with embellished lace detailing. Column The column shape is sleek and always has an element of understated glamour. This ‘straightup-and-down’ shape generally does not have a large train and is perfect for our taller and more athletically shaped ladies. In terms of fabrication, we always love this in a simple washed silk giving a slightly textural look, feel and drape. A-Line Photographs courtesy of Flowers & Hats Photography An A-line shaped dress often lends itself to a more relaxed and bohemian vibe. This is a great option if you are an apple shape as it will hug you just under your empire line and fall effortlessly to the floor. Spanish designer Raimon Bundo uses the most tactile silk fabrics to create gorgeous floating lines and silhouettes that you can’t help but touch and feel. We hope this quick guide helps you to find your perfect dress and remember, the most important thing is to enjoy it! You will know when you have found ‘the one’. Finding the perfect dress for your shape and style is the most important thing to bridal boutique owner Julia and the rest of the team at The White Room, Southwell. They’ve put together a dress shape guide to help you decide. Firstly, here are 3 pieces of advice that we feel every bride should be equipped with before starting the search for ‘the one’. 1. Be open-minded. We have seen so many brides (myself being one of them) that end up falling in love with everything they didn’t want. Make the most of the experience of dress shopping and try on a bit of everything. 2. Go with your gut instinct – try not to let others cloud your judgment too much. 3. You should wear the dress not the other way around, so make sure you feel comfortable in it. It will never feel like your favourite pair of pyjamas, but you should feel the best version of yourself in it. The White Room Bridal, 85a King Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0EH info@thewhiteroomsouthwell.co.uk | www.thewhiteroomsouthwell.co.uk | 01636 813 967
WEDDINGS  Finding your dream dress  79  Mermaid Fit   Flare  We love the mermaid silhouette and it looks incredible if you...
WEDDINGS Finding your dream dress 79 Mermaid/Fit & Flare We love the mermaid silhouette and it looks incredible if you are an hourglass shape. Designers such as Augusta Jones do this look flawlessly. This is a dress shape that always looks amazing with an illusion lace detailed back. Princess The princess shape is a true classic dress. With a cinched in waist and a full ball gown skirt this shape always looks incredible on our pear shaped ladies. Australian designer Sophia Tolli is known for her show stopping princess shapes with embellished lace detailing. Column The column shape is sleek and always has an element of understated glamour. This ‘straightup-and-down’ shape generally does not have a large train and is perfect for our taller and more athletically shaped ladies. In terms of fabrication, we always love this in a simple washed silk giving a slightly textural look, feel and drape. A-Line Photographs courtesy of Flowers & Hats Photography An A-line shaped dress often lends itself to a more relaxed and bohemian vibe. This is a great option if you are an apple shape as it will hug you just under your empire line and fall effortlessly to the floor. Spanish designer Raimon Bundo uses the most tactile silk fabrics to create gorgeous floating lines and silhouettes that you can’t help but touch and feel. We hope this quick guide helps you to find your perfect dress and remember, the most important thing is to enjoy it! You will know when you have found ‘the one’. Finding the perfect dress for your shape and style is the most important thing to bridal boutique owner Julia and the rest of the team at The White Room, Southwell. They’ve put together a dress shape guide to help you decide. Firstly, here are 3 pieces of advice that we feel every bride should be equipped with before starting the search for ‘the one’. 1. Be open-minded. We have seen so many brides (myself being one of them) that end up falling in love with everything they didn’t want. Make the most of the experience of dress shopping and try on a bit of everything. 2. Go with your gut instinct – try not to let others cloud your judgment too much. 3. You should wear the dress not the other way around, so make sure you feel comfortable in it. It will never feel like your favourite pair of pyjamas, but you should feel the best version of yourself in it. The White Room Bridal, 85a King Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0EH info@thewhiteroomsouthwell.co.uk | www.thewhiteroomsouthwell.co.uk | 01636 813 967
WEDDINGS  Finding your dream dress  79  Mermaid Fit   Flare  We love the mermaid silhouette and it looks incredible if you...
The Ideal Location Whatever Your Occasion S ituated in the charming village of Ruddington, The Country Cottage Hotel is the perfect place to say ‘I do’. Breath taking gardens, an open fire and a peaceful walled courtyard are just a glimpse at the details that combine to create a picturesque backdrop for your big day and, located within walking distance of Ruddington’s stunning Country Park, it’s a destination that’s sure to impress. Specialising in bespoke weddings, the family run hotel boasts its own in-house Wedding Coordinator Linda who works alongside you, the bride and bridegroom to be, to create the wedding you’ve always imagined. From the ceremony to the buffet and even the DJ, the team at The Country Cottage Hotel can do as little or as much as you want them to and pride themselves on tailoring the day to you as a couple. Whether you’re looking for some guidance on how to make your day that extra bit special or you’ve been planning each detail for as long as you can remember, Linda and the team put all their efforts into making your day as perfect as can be. The hotel’s 22 bedrooms invite you and your guests to stay and make a weekend of the occasion too. Hire all the rooms for yourselves and the wedding party for a real home from home feel and enjoy a lazy Sunday morning breakfast with your guests after the big day. The Country Cottage’s partnership with Roko Gym gives guests free, unlimited access to all their facilities during their stay and guests who book for two nights are treated to an evening meal on Friday or a complimentary Sunday lunch as part of a special promotion. The Winter Wonderland offer for weddings also means that from November to February, couples can take advantage of a package that includes the ceremony, afternoon reception, evening buffet and disco for just £2,999 (based on 60 guests). But while weddings are undoubtedly a specialty at The Country Cottage Hotel, with over 12 years in the business, it’s just one of their many areas of expertise. The hotel is an immensely popular venue for other special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays too, with the smaller, private dining restaurant proving the perfect spot for a more intimate celebration. Indulge in an Afternoon Tea with a friend or relative of your choice for only £17.50 for two and treat yourself to traditional miniature sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones in the courtyard to mark the occasion. The last Friday of each month is a staple in The Country Cottage diary as the team host their Ladies’ Lunch, a traditional girly afternoon featuring a fashion show and a VIP visit from a luxury beauty brand representative who shares all her best tips and tricks. The Folk and Blues night is another monthly favourite and a great way to let loose and have some fun. You don’t need an occasion for an excuse to visit The Country Cottage though. Throughout the week it’s the perfect place to unwind after a hard day’s work for any professionals visiting the Ruddington Business Park close by and weekends at the hotel are very much a family affair, with guests visiting friends and family locally or simply enjoying a weekend away from the city. It’s also the ideal location for any cricket fans with a bus just outside running every 10 minutes to the famous Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and another that stops in the centre of Nottingham for any guests who’d like to avoid the hassle of driving and parking in the city. But whether The Country Cottage Hotel is your chosen wedding venue, a place to stay for your quiet weekend away or just a stop on your way through Ruddington, one thing is for sure, you can expect warm, homely accommodation, a good old-fashioned friendly face and a bar and restaurant that serves traditional, homemade food whatever the occasion. The hotel is now taking bookings for Christmas parties and their Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve which, with a disco and special price for guests looking to stay overnight, is sure to be an unforgettable way to see in 2017. Call 0115 984 6882 or visit www.thecountrycottagehotel.co.uk for more information
The Ideal Location Whatever Your Occasion S  ituated in the charming village of Ruddington, The Country Cottage Hotel is t...
The Ideal Location Whatever Your Occasion S ituated in the charming village of Ruddington, The Country Cottage Hotel is the perfect place to say ‘I do’. Breath taking gardens, an open fire and a peaceful walled courtyard are just a glimpse at the details that combine to create a picturesque backdrop for your big day and, located within walking distance of Ruddington’s stunning Country Park, it’s a destination that’s sure to impress. Specialising in bespoke weddings, the family run hotel boasts its own in-house Wedding Coordinator Linda who works alongside you, the bride and bridegroom to be, to create the wedding you’ve always imagined. From the ceremony to the buffet and even the DJ, the team at The Country Cottage Hotel can do as little or as much as you want them to and pride themselves on tailoring the day to you as a couple. Whether you’re looking for some guidance on how to make your day that extra bit special or you’ve been planning each detail for as long as you can remember, Linda and the team put all their efforts into making your day as perfect as can be. The hotel’s 22 bedrooms invite you and your guests to stay and make a weekend of the occasion too. Hire all the rooms for yourselves and the wedding party for a real home from home feel and enjoy a lazy Sunday morning breakfast with your guests after the big day. The Country Cottage’s partnership with Roko Gym gives guests free, unlimited access to all their facilities during their stay and guests who book for two nights are treated to an evening meal on Friday or a complimentary Sunday lunch as part of a special promotion. The Winter Wonderland offer for weddings also means that from November to February, couples can take advantage of a package that includes the ceremony, afternoon reception, evening buffet and disco for just £2,999 (based on 60 guests). But while weddings are undoubtedly a specialty at The Country Cottage Hotel, with over 12 years in the business, it’s just one of their many areas of expertise. The hotel is an immensely popular venue for other special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays too, with the smaller, private dining restaurant proving the perfect spot for a more intimate celebration. Indulge in an Afternoon Tea with a friend or relative of your choice for only £17.50 for two and treat yourself to traditional miniature sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones in the courtyard to mark the occasion. The last Friday of each month is a staple in The Country Cottage diary as the team host their Ladies’ Lunch, a traditional girly afternoon featuring a fashion show and a VIP visit from a luxury beauty brand representative who shares all her best tips and tricks. The Folk and Blues night is another monthly favourite and a great way to let loose and have some fun. You don’t need an occasion for an excuse to visit The Country Cottage though. Throughout the week it’s the perfect place to unwind after a hard day’s work for any professionals visiting the Ruddington Business Park close by and weekends at the hotel are very much a family affair, with guests visiting friends and family locally or simply enjoying a weekend away from the city. It’s also the ideal location for any cricket fans with a bus just outside running every 10 minutes to the famous Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and another that stops in the centre of Nottingham for any guests who’d like to avoid the hassle of driving and parking in the city. But whether The Country Cottage Hotel is your chosen wedding venue, a place to stay for your quiet weekend away or just a stop on your way through Ruddington, one thing is for sure, you can expect warm, homely accommodation, a good old-fashioned friendly face and a bar and restaurant that serves traditional, homemade food whatever the occasion. The hotel is now taking bookings for Christmas parties and their Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve which, with a disco and special price for guests looking to stay overnight, is sure to be an unforgettable way to see in 2017. Call 0115 984 6882 or visit www.thecountrycottagehotel.co.uk for more information
The Ideal Location Whatever Your Occasion S  ituated in the charming village of Ruddington, The Country Cottage Hotel is t...
82 WEDDINGS Your Perfect Wedding Solution Nestled discretely in one of the best and most upmarket locations in the city of Nottingham, sits the renowned Hart’s Restaurant and four-star Hart’s Hotel. With its welcoming ambience, stunning views and charming atmosphere, you would be forgiven for thinking you were hidden away in a rural haven somewhere but, a fantastic urban location fused with a unique, cosy feel means that, at Hart’s, you really can achieve the ‘best of both worlds’. Wedding Coordinator Sally Martin and the award winning team at Hart’s have all the experience needed in wedding and event planning to offer a dream solution to your big day. With a full wedding license for civil ceremonies and partnerships, and the ability to cater for up to 100 for a sit down wedding breakfast, you can be sure that every one of your guests will feel spoilt. A true WOW factor and totally unique to Hart’s is their beautiful private garden with striking views overlooking the city of Nottingham. A real advantage to a city centre based hotel, guests can hold their drinks reception and canapés within the walled garden, before moving to ‘Hart’s Upstairs’ for their sumptuous wedding breakfast. Boasting 32 light, airy bedrooms, Hart’s Hotel has all the modern facilities you would expect from a hotel of this calibre so you really can relax and enjoy the complete Hart’s experience. So, if it’s a combination of city centre chic meets rural romance you’re aiming for, then Hart’s could be your perfect wedding solution. www.hartsnottingham.co.uk
82  WEDDINGS  Your Perfect Wedding Solution Nestled discretely in one of the best and most upmarket locations in the city ...
82 WEDDINGS Your Perfect Wedding Solution Nestled discretely in one of the best and most upmarket locations in the city of Nottingham, sits the renowned Hart’s Restaurant and four-star Hart’s Hotel. With its welcoming ambience, stunning views and charming atmosphere, you would be forgiven for thinking you were hidden away in a rural haven somewhere but, a fantastic urban location fused with a unique, cosy feel means that, at Hart’s, you really can achieve the ‘best of both worlds’. Wedding Coordinator Sally Martin and the award winning team at Hart’s have all the experience needed in wedding and event planning to offer a dream solution to your big day. With a full wedding license for civil ceremonies and partnerships, and the ability to cater for up to 100 for a sit down wedding breakfast, you can be sure that every one of your guests will feel spoilt. A true WOW factor and totally unique to Hart’s is their beautiful private garden with striking views overlooking the city of Nottingham. A real advantage to a city centre based hotel, guests can hold their drinks reception and canapés within the walled garden, before moving to ‘Hart’s Upstairs’ for their sumptuous wedding breakfast. Boasting 32 light, airy bedrooms, Hart’s Hotel has all the modern facilities you would expect from a hotel of this calibre so you really can relax and enjoy the complete Hart’s experience. So, if it’s a combination of city centre chic meets rural romance you’re aiming for, then Hart’s could be your perfect wedding solution. www.hartsnottingham.co.uk
82  WEDDINGS  Your Perfect Wedding Solution Nestled discretely in one of the best and most upmarket locations in the city ...
84 WEDDINGS The Perfect Expression of Love 5 easy steps to looking your best Young’s understand more than anyone how important it is to look and feel your absolute best on the big day. Getting everyone in matching outfits is easy with their extensive hire wear collection, available in almost every size and their first-class formal outfits and matching accessories mean you’ll find everything you need. View their wide range of designs and colour palettes online, create your look using their interactive Outfit Builder and visit your local Young’s to try it on. You can even try your style of choice at home with the new online service that sends your suit directly to your front door. With years of hire wear experience, everything you need to plan your wedding simply and quickly really is taken care of at Young’s. Visit www.youngs-hire.co.uk or find them in Debenhams, Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DS. New online hire in 5 easy steps How it works: Step 1 - Find Your Perfect Look Choose from one of their recommended looks or build your own! Step 2 - Order a Home Try On for just £10 They’ll send you the style of your choice for a 2 day trial in your own home, months before the wedding and refund the £10 Try On fee when you place the order! Step 3 - Place Your Order Zero-hassle is a promise, not a catchphrase. In just minutes, you can hire all your suits for your big day. Step 4 - Get the Perfect Fit Simply enter your sizes, or if you’re not sure, visit your local store and one of their expert fitters will be happy to take your measurements. Step 5 - Wear It, Love It, Return It After the big day, just box up your suit in the original packaging, ready for collection. British fashion designer Jenny Packham, globally renowned for her bridal collections, has designed an exquisite bridal jewellery collection exclusive to the UK’s largest luxury jeweller, Goldsmiths, which was launched in Nottingham. The Jenny Packham collection includes three stunning bridal suites designed around a beautiful and unique engagement ring with complementing earrings and necklace pendant; Gloria, Aurora and Étoile. From the golden ages of cinema to the natural wonder of the Aurora Borealis, stars have provided a rich source of inspiration for the Jenny Packham collection. The collection sets a wonderful celestial scene, played out in classic cut diamonds and fine delicate details, giving a magical allure resulting in truly stunning pieces. The Gloria Collection is inspired by Gloria Swanson, the epitome of old Hollywood glamour and leading lady of the golden age of cinema. The Aurora Collection takes inspiration from the brightest cluster of stars, whilst the Étoile Collection, meaning ‘star’ in French, pays homage to stars in their purest form, and encapsulates the signature Jenny Packham style; romantic, feminine and intricate in detail. Craig Bolton, Executive Director of Goldsmiths, said: “Designed by Jenny Packham and exclusive to Goldsmiths, the new collection of bridal jewellery epitomises everything that this wonderful, iconic British designer is known for. It is our pleasure to host such opulent bridal sets, providing our customers with the perfect expression of love this autumn.” Jenny Packham comments on partnering with Goldsmiths, “My love of sparkles is no secret and whilst crystals and sequins can suffice – diamonds are my new best friend. Partnering with Goldsmiths has been a dream come true. The combination of established quality and the Jenny Packham design aesthetic has been inspiring, resulting in a collection both beautiful and desirable.” The Jenny Packham collection, exclusive to Goldsmiths, is available at Goldsmiths Victoria Centre, Nottingham NG1 3QF and online at www.goldsmiths.co.uk
84  WEDDINGS  The Perfect Expression of Love  5 easy steps to looking your best  Young   s understand more than anyone how...
84 WEDDINGS The Perfect Expression of Love 5 easy steps to looking your best Young’s understand more than anyone how important it is to look and feel your absolute best on the big day. Getting everyone in matching outfits is easy with their extensive hire wear collection, available in almost every size and their first-class formal outfits and matching accessories mean you’ll find everything you need. View their wide range of designs and colour palettes online, create your look using their interactive Outfit Builder and visit your local Young’s to try it on. You can even try your style of choice at home with the new online service that sends your suit directly to your front door. With years of hire wear experience, everything you need to plan your wedding simply and quickly really is taken care of at Young’s. Visit www.youngs-hire.co.uk or find them in Debenhams, Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DS. New online hire in 5 easy steps How it works: Step 1 - Find Your Perfect Look Choose from one of their recommended looks or build your own! Step 2 - Order a Home Try On for just £10 They’ll send you the style of your choice for a 2 day trial in your own home, months before the wedding and refund the £10 Try On fee when you place the order! Step 3 - Place Your Order Zero-hassle is a promise, not a catchphrase. In just minutes, you can hire all your suits for your big day. Step 4 - Get the Perfect Fit Simply enter your sizes, or if you’re not sure, visit your local store and one of their expert fitters will be happy to take your measurements. Step 5 - Wear It, Love It, Return It After the big day, just box up your suit in the original packaging, ready for collection. British fashion designer Jenny Packham, globally renowned for her bridal collections, has designed an exquisite bridal jewellery collection exclusive to the UK’s largest luxury jeweller, Goldsmiths, which was launched in Nottingham. The Jenny Packham collection includes three stunning bridal suites designed around a beautiful and unique engagement ring with complementing earrings and necklace pendant; Gloria, Aurora and Étoile. From the golden ages of cinema to the natural wonder of the Aurora Borealis, stars have provided a rich source of inspiration for the Jenny Packham collection. The collection sets a wonderful celestial scene, played out in classic cut diamonds and fine delicate details, giving a magical allure resulting in truly stunning pieces. The Gloria Collection is inspired by Gloria Swanson, the epitome of old Hollywood glamour and leading lady of the golden age of cinema. The Aurora Collection takes inspiration from the brightest cluster of stars, whilst the Étoile Collection, meaning ‘star’ in French, pays homage to stars in their purest form, and encapsulates the signature Jenny Packham style; romantic, feminine and intricate in detail. Craig Bolton, Executive Director of Goldsmiths, said: “Designed by Jenny Packham and exclusive to Goldsmiths, the new collection of bridal jewellery epitomises everything that this wonderful, iconic British designer is known for. It is our pleasure to host such opulent bridal sets, providing our customers with the perfect expression of love this autumn.” Jenny Packham comments on partnering with Goldsmiths, “My love of sparkles is no secret and whilst crystals and sequins can suffice – diamonds are my new best friend. Partnering with Goldsmiths has been a dream come true. The combination of established quality and the Jenny Packham design aesthetic has been inspiring, resulting in a collection both beautiful and desirable.” The Jenny Packham collection, exclusive to Goldsmiths, is available at Goldsmiths Victoria Centre, Nottingham NG1 3QF and online at www.goldsmiths.co.uk
84  WEDDINGS  The Perfect Expression of Love  5 easy steps to looking your best  Young   s understand more than anyone how...
WILDLIFE 1. Put food out for our feathered friends in your garden Courtesy of Darin Smith Courtesy of John Smith 2. Install a hedgehog house or build one in a pile of logs Whilst winter can bring real challenges for many species of wildlife it can also bring delights for the wildlife watcher. The first frosts of winter can bring problems for animals that eat worms and insects that live in the top few inches of soil. Birds such as blackbirds can struggle to peck their way through frozen ground, so food put out for our feathered friends in our gardens can become a real life line. In extended periods of harsh weather garden bird tables and feeders can draw in more unusual species such as the treecreeper which would normally seek out insects hidden in crevices amongst tree bark. Whilst snow cover brings challenges for wildlife it can actually be helpful to some creatures and also brings opportunity for wildlife watchers. Small animals find it harder to keep warm in winter as they 3. Put up a couple of nest boxes This can provide you with clues as to their usual routes and haunts, making them easier to track in future. Well before the arrival of the first snows you can help one of our most threatened mammals, the hedgehog, by installing a hedgehog house or building one in a pile of logs. You can also help birds by putting up a couple of nest boxes. Whilst they won’t be used for nesting until the spring, small species such as the wren often huddle together in nest boxes when the temperature plummets below freezing. Because wildlife is usually most active at dawn and dusk to avoiding contact with human beings, winter also gives the less dedicated nature watchers the chance to see wildlife without having to get up at a ridiculous hour. Whereas in summer you might need to rise at between three and four in the morning to catch nature’s equivalent of the rush hour; in winter you can rise at a much more reasonable hour - so why not wrap up warm, put on you wellington boots and go out on a dawn walk this winter? lose body heat very quickly, so when it is very cold they often stay below the leaf litter as a way of keeping out of the coldest air. Similarly, when the first snows fall voles, mice and shrews will tunnel beneath it in search of food, using the snow above them as insulation from the icy temperatures above. This blanket of snow also helps to keep them hidden from predators such as owls and foxes and these hunters now have to rely upon their senses of smell and hearing to help search out a meal. A blanket of snow provides an opportunity to spot tracks of mammals such as badgers, deer and foxes. Courtesy of Richard Rogers Winter Wildlife Wonderland Courtesy of Roy Vickers 3 Top Tips for saving wildlife this winter 87
WILDLIFE  1. Put food out for our feathered friends in your garden  Courtesy of Darin Smith  Courtesy of John Smith  2. In...
WILDLIFE 1. Put food out for our feathered friends in your garden Courtesy of Darin Smith Courtesy of John Smith 2. Install a hedgehog house or build one in a pile of logs Whilst winter can bring real challenges for many species of wildlife it can also bring delights for the wildlife watcher. The first frosts of winter can bring problems for animals that eat worms and insects that live in the top few inches of soil. Birds such as blackbirds can struggle to peck their way through frozen ground, so food put out for our feathered friends in our gardens can become a real life line. In extended periods of harsh weather garden bird tables and feeders can draw in more unusual species such as the treecreeper which would normally seek out insects hidden in crevices amongst tree bark. Whilst snow cover brings challenges for wildlife it can actually be helpful to some creatures and also brings opportunity for wildlife watchers. Small animals find it harder to keep warm in winter as they 3. Put up a couple of nest boxes This can provide you with clues as to their usual routes and haunts, making them easier to track in future. Well before the arrival of the first snows you can help one of our most threatened mammals, the hedgehog, by installing a hedgehog house or building one in a pile of logs. You can also help birds by putting up a couple of nest boxes. Whilst they won’t be used for nesting until the spring, small species such as the wren often huddle together in nest boxes when the temperature plummets below freezing. Because wildlife is usually most active at dawn and dusk to avoiding contact with human beings, winter also gives the less dedicated nature watchers the chance to see wildlife without having to get up at a ridiculous hour. Whereas in summer you might need to rise at between three and four in the morning to catch nature’s equivalent of the rush hour; in winter you can rise at a much more reasonable hour - so why not wrap up warm, put on you wellington boots and go out on a dawn walk this winter? lose body heat very quickly, so when it is very cold they often stay below the leaf litter as a way of keeping out of the coldest air. Similarly, when the first snows fall voles, mice and shrews will tunnel beneath it in search of food, using the snow above them as insulation from the icy temperatures above. This blanket of snow also helps to keep them hidden from predators such as owls and foxes and these hunters now have to rely upon their senses of smell and hearing to help search out a meal. A blanket of snow provides an opportunity to spot tracks of mammals such as badgers, deer and foxes. Courtesy of Richard Rogers Winter Wildlife Wonderland Courtesy of Roy Vickers 3 Top Tips for saving wildlife this winter 87
WILDLIFE  1. Put food out for our feathered friends in your garden  Courtesy of Darin Smith  Courtesy of John Smith  2. In...
88 PETS Pamper Your Pooch PETS Treat your dog to a day full of adventure at Ruffles Dog Day Care Centre. Playing in the ball pit, cooling off in the paddling pool and relaxing in front of the (wall art) open fire are just some of the activities your fury friend can expect to get up to in a day spent at Ruffles, and the professionally trained and dog-loving members of staff are all on hand to make sure your favourite four legged family member has the time of their lives. Having grown up surrounded by dogs and graduated with a degree in Animal Science, working with animals was something owner Mags always knew she wanted to do and, after a change in job left her unable to take her loyal Border collie Sass with her to work as she always had, doggy day care proved the perfect solution for her and her other hard working, pet owning friends. “Sometimes there’s a lot of pressure on being a dog owner and sometimes it’s nice to get some help with that,” she says. And that’s exactly what Ruffles is all about, giving busy or working owners peace of mind and making sure that each dog’s life is as full as it can be. “It’s just real happiness for dogs, it gives them a whole world they wouldn’t have if they were left at home,” she adds. While there’s no doubt the huge range of activities, toys and equipment at Ruffles will leave your dog scratching to get in the day care centre’s door, it’s more than just fun and games. The team are dedicated to training and working with your pet if necessary. From walking training that teaches basic lead etiquette to socialisation with other dogs, it’s a place your pet can grow to be the very best they can be. Aside from the expert level of care and treatment given to each individual dog, the ethos behind the company is what ultimately gives owners the confidence to leave them in the team’s capable hands. If you’re anything like most owners, your dog is more than just a dog and that’s a philosophy Mags and the rest of the Ruffles girls share, taking the time to send photos and videos to owners throughout the day to put their minds at rest. The online community Mags is creating across her social media channels means they can also keep up to date with the details of their favourite pooch’s day online. Terrier Cross Domino spent her first full day at Ruffles just 4 weeks after the centre opened its doors and owner Sally finds the online sharing and message updates a real comfort. “It’s nice to know you’ve got somewhere to bring them. Now I know I can bring her and leave her and not have to worry,” she comments. The fun, colourful and spacious day care centre has come a long way since Mags took on the unit back in February too. A huge restructure and interior makeover has seen the centre transformed into the vibrant, dynamic space it is today and the team aren’t planning to stop there, with opening a dedicated grooming room high on their priority list in the coming months. They’re also looking to extend their opening times. Currently open Monday to Friday 7am-7pm Ruffles is the perfect solution for most working owners but the team are hoping to go one step further, eventually including overnight stays alongside the day care service. Book in for your free trial day or visit www.rufflesnottingham.co.uk Rebecca, Mags to find out why Ruffles is the & Sharon best choice for your dog. 89 Domino Snowy Sass Ted Bailey & Winnie Sharon & Winnie Ruffles Dog Day Care, Roden House Ashley Street, Nottingham, NG31JG. 0115 958 9150
88  PETS  Pamper Your Pooch PETS  Treat your dog to a day full of adventure at Ruffles Dog Day Care Centre. Playing in the...
88 PETS Pamper Your Pooch PETS Treat your dog to a day full of adventure at Ruffles Dog Day Care Centre. Playing in the ball pit, cooling off in the paddling pool and relaxing in front of the (wall art) open fire are just some of the activities your fury friend can expect to get up to in a day spent at Ruffles, and the professionally trained and dog-loving members of staff are all on hand to make sure your favourite four legged family member has the time of their lives. Having grown up surrounded by dogs and graduated with a degree in Animal Science, working with animals was something owner Mags always knew she wanted to do and, after a change in job left her unable to take her loyal Border collie Sass with her to work as she always had, doggy day care proved the perfect solution for her and her other hard working, pet owning friends. “Sometimes there’s a lot of pressure on being a dog owner and sometimes it’s nice to get some help with that,” she says. And that’s exactly what Ruffles is all about, giving busy or working owners peace of mind and making sure that each dog’s life is as full as it can be. “It’s just real happiness for dogs, it gives them a whole world they wouldn’t have if they were left at home,” she adds. While there’s no doubt the huge range of activities, toys and equipment at Ruffles will leave your dog scratching to get in the day care centre’s door, it’s more than just fun and games. The team are dedicated to training and working with your pet if necessary. From walking training that teaches basic lead etiquette to socialisation with other dogs, it’s a place your pet can grow to be the very best they can be. Aside from the expert level of care and treatment given to each individual dog, the ethos behind the company is what ultimately gives owners the confidence to leave them in the team’s capable hands. If you’re anything like most owners, your dog is more than just a dog and that’s a philosophy Mags and the rest of the Ruffles girls share, taking the time to send photos and videos to owners throughout the day to put their minds at rest. The online community Mags is creating across her social media channels means they can also keep up to date with the details of their favourite pooch’s day online. Terrier Cross Domino spent her first full day at Ruffles just 4 weeks after the centre opened its doors and owner Sally finds the online sharing and message updates a real comfort. “It’s nice to know you’ve got somewhere to bring them. Now I know I can bring her and leave her and not have to worry,” she comments. The fun, colourful and spacious day care centre has come a long way since Mags took on the unit back in February too. A huge restructure and interior makeover has seen the centre transformed into the vibrant, dynamic space it is today and the team aren’t planning to stop there, with opening a dedicated grooming room high on their priority list in the coming months. They’re also looking to extend their opening times. Currently open Monday to Friday 7am-7pm Ruffles is the perfect solution for most working owners but the team are hoping to go one step further, eventually including overnight stays alongside the day care service. Book in for your free trial day or visit www.rufflesnottingham.co.uk Rebecca, Mags to find out why Ruffles is the & Sharon best choice for your dog. 89 Domino Snowy Sass Ted Bailey & Winnie Sharon & Winnie Ruffles Dog Day Care, Roden House Ashley Street, Nottingham, NG31JG. 0115 958 9150
88  PETS  Pamper Your Pooch PETS  Treat your dog to a day full of adventure at Ruffles Dog Day Care Centre. Playing in the...
PETS 91 A dog is for life…. Is your cat seven years or older? The Vet Nottingham in Wollaton, offers a full senior cat health check, including urine tests and blood pressure reading for only £10.99. One of our lovely vet nurses, Stacey, has completed the ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing so we are running senior cat clinics to check that your feline friend is healthy, happy and in tip-top condition. The full health check with Stacey will include: In 2011 almost 21,000 stray dogs were found on the streets of our region and more than 1,100 regretfully had to be put to sleep by local councils because they sadly didn’t have a home to go to*. Those shocking figures led to the UK’s leading dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, opening a Rehoming Centre just over the County border in 2012 to help find as many homeless dogs as possible, loving forever families. And that’s what the team at the centre have been doing every day since their doors opened on 29th June. To date they have found forever homes for more than 3,300 dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds with Jack Russell Terriers, Lurchers, German Shepherds and Border Collies amongst the most popular breeds to have been rehomed. Celine Di Crocco, Dogs Trust Loughborough Assistant Manager says: “At any one time we can look after over 100 dogs and we never have an empty kennel. • preventative healthcare advice • checking for common conditions such as arthritis • checking blood pressure • appropriate life stage diet advice • any behavioural changes • advising on blood and urine samples to identify and address problems before they become serious • discussing flea and worming • vaccination status properly and of course need regular exercise and training so take up a lot of time. “There’s no doubt owning a dog is incredibly rewarding but, it’s really important that people understand what it takes to keep a dog happy and healthy. That’s why when people come to us we take time to hopefully get that perfect match, getting the right dog with an individual or family with the kind of lifestyle that will make sure they can all live happily together, forever.” This year the charity is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Founded in 1891 by socialite Lady Gertrude Stock and a small group of fellow dog lovers, the National Canine Defence League (NCDL) as it was formerly known, was dedicated solely to helping “protect dogs from torture and ill usage of every kind”. Celine says: “From its early years campaigning against the widespread use of dogs for vivisection and the persecution of stray dogs following rabies scares, to opening shelters for stray dogs and providing veterinary care for poorer dog owners, Dogs Trust has long Canine Carer Megan King is pictured spending quality time with Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Trudy. These consults only cost £10.99 (price includes basic urine test and blood pressure reading). About our veterinary nurse Stacey Stacey is our cat expert at The Vet Nottingham. With three years of experience and three spoilt cats of her own, Stacey understands all things feline and has recently completed the ISFM certificate in feline nursing. This certificate has developed and furthered her knowledge in all areas of feline nursing including how to reduce and prevent stress both at home and within the practice. If you are interested, please call us on 01158 969 984 or email us at nottingham@thevet.co.uk so we can arrange a time for you to see Stacey. Stacey Seafield “Dogs find themselves in our care for lots of reasons including relationship breakdowns, a change in financial circumstances, illness or the death of an owner, for example. Of course, others are abandoned and found as strays. If they are unclaimed, many of those come to us too. “But whatever the reason they find themselves with us, they have all had to leave behind everything they’ve ever known. So we do our absolute best to give them everything they need, whether that’s medical attention, basic training or just lots of TLC until they head off to their forever homes.” Education But rehoming isn’t all the charity does. A key part of its work focuses on spreading the word about what it takes to be a responsible dog owner and making sure people truly understand, as its slogan says, ‘A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas’. Celine says: “Owning a dog is a huge commitment. Dogs can live for 15 years or longer, they cost a lot of money to look after championed the cause of the nation’s fourlegged friends. “Although we have only been open in Loughborough for four years, thanks to the support of people from across the region we are able to continue that work and give the best possible care to dogs whilst they wait for their forever homes. “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support and if you’ve not visited us yet, we hope to see you soon!” Visiting the centre Dogs Trust Loughborough is at Hill Farm, Wide Lane, Wymeswold, Leicestershire, LE12 6SE. It’s open 12pm-7pm Monday–Wednesday and 12pm-4pm Friday–Sunday. It’s closed on Thursdays. To find out more, or to discuss fostering, please call 0303 003 0000 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk. Booking an education workshop To book a workshop, please go to www.bedogsmart.org.uk * Dogs Trust 2011 annual Stray Dog Survey conducted by GfK NOP.
PETS  91  A dog is for life   . Is your cat seven years or older  The Vet Nottingham in Wollaton, offers a full senior cat...
PETS 91 A dog is for life…. Is your cat seven years or older? The Vet Nottingham in Wollaton, offers a full senior cat health check, including urine tests and blood pressure reading for only £10.99. One of our lovely vet nurses, Stacey, has completed the ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing so we are running senior cat clinics to check that your feline friend is healthy, happy and in tip-top condition. The full health check with Stacey will include: In 2011 almost 21,000 stray dogs were found on the streets of our region and more than 1,100 regretfully had to be put to sleep by local councils because they sadly didn’t have a home to go to*. Those shocking figures led to the UK’s leading dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, opening a Rehoming Centre just over the County border in 2012 to help find as many homeless dogs as possible, loving forever families. And that’s what the team at the centre have been doing every day since their doors opened on 29th June. To date they have found forever homes for more than 3,300 dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds with Jack Russell Terriers, Lurchers, German Shepherds and Border Collies amongst the most popular breeds to have been rehomed. Celine Di Crocco, Dogs Trust Loughborough Assistant Manager says: “At any one time we can look after over 100 dogs and we never have an empty kennel. • preventative healthcare advice • checking for common conditions such as arthritis • checking blood pressure • appropriate life stage diet advice • any behavioural changes • advising on blood and urine samples to identify and address problems before they become serious • discussing flea and worming • vaccination status properly and of course need regular exercise and training so take up a lot of time. “There’s no doubt owning a dog is incredibly rewarding but, it’s really important that people understand what it takes to keep a dog happy and healthy. That’s why when people come to us we take time to hopefully get that perfect match, getting the right dog with an individual or family with the kind of lifestyle that will make sure they can all live happily together, forever.” This year the charity is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Founded in 1891 by socialite Lady Gertrude Stock and a small group of fellow dog lovers, the National Canine Defence League (NCDL) as it was formerly known, was dedicated solely to helping “protect dogs from torture and ill usage of every kind”. Celine says: “From its early years campaigning against the widespread use of dogs for vivisection and the persecution of stray dogs following rabies scares, to opening shelters for stray dogs and providing veterinary care for poorer dog owners, Dogs Trust has long Canine Carer Megan King is pictured spending quality time with Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Trudy. These consults only cost £10.99 (price includes basic urine test and blood pressure reading). About our veterinary nurse Stacey Stacey is our cat expert at The Vet Nottingham. With three years of experience and three spoilt cats of her own, Stacey understands all things feline and has recently completed the ISFM certificate in feline nursing. This certificate has developed and furthered her knowledge in all areas of feline nursing including how to reduce and prevent stress both at home and within the practice. If you are interested, please call us on 01158 969 984 or email us at nottingham@thevet.co.uk so we can arrange a time for you to see Stacey. Stacey Seafield “Dogs find themselves in our care for lots of reasons including relationship breakdowns, a change in financial circumstances, illness or the death of an owner, for example. Of course, others are abandoned and found as strays. If they are unclaimed, many of those come to us too. “But whatever the reason they find themselves with us, they have all had to leave behind everything they’ve ever known. So we do our absolute best to give them everything they need, whether that’s medical attention, basic training or just lots of TLC until they head off to their forever homes.” Education But rehoming isn’t all the charity does. A key part of its work focuses on spreading the word about what it takes to be a responsible dog owner and making sure people truly understand, as its slogan says, ‘A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas’. Celine says: “Owning a dog is a huge commitment. Dogs can live for 15 years or longer, they cost a lot of money to look after championed the cause of the nation’s fourlegged friends. “Although we have only been open in Loughborough for four years, thanks to the support of people from across the region we are able to continue that work and give the best possible care to dogs whilst they wait for their forever homes. “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support and if you’ve not visited us yet, we hope to see you soon!” Visiting the centre Dogs Trust Loughborough is at Hill Farm, Wide Lane, Wymeswold, Leicestershire, LE12 6SE. It’s open 12pm-7pm Monday–Wednesday and 12pm-4pm Friday–Sunday. It’s closed on Thursdays. To find out more, or to discuss fostering, please call 0303 003 0000 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk. Booking an education workshop To book a workshop, please go to www.bedogsmart.org.uk * Dogs Trust 2011 annual Stray Dog Survey conducted by GfK NOP.
PETS  91  A dog is for life   . Is your cat seven years or older  The Vet Nottingham in Wollaton, offers a full senior cat...
92 LINCS & NOTTS AIR AMBULANCE The most wonderful time of the year Help to support lifesaving missions Every year the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance responds to around 1,000 emergency calls. The common factor is that the injured person needs immediate medical help – fast! Our helicopter and Critical Care Team bring the equivalent of an A&E department to the scene of life-threatening incidents, including agricultural, horse riding and motorcycle accidents, serious falls and road traffic collisions. We take care of people in their greatest hour of need. All of this is only possible thanks to the help and support of the people in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire who help to raise the £2.1million needed every year to enable our local air ambulance to keep responding to emergencies 365 days of the year. The charity receives no government funding – every single penny is raised locally meaning every penny raised really does help. Last year, hundreds of our life-saving missions were paid for by the income raised through our charity lottery which is a fun way to make a regular contribution, with the added excitement of possibly winning a cash prize of up to £1,000! Join today and help support even more lifesaving missions. For more information on this please email Lottery@ ambucopter.org.uk Chief Executive, Karen Jobling, said: “In Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire some people can live more than an hour away from their nearest ambulance station and there are some extremely isolated areas within the two counties we cover. Having a Christmas Heading helicopter equipped for emergencies with a fully trained medical crew on board who are able to be on the scene of a serious incident or accident and ready to help a patient within 20 minutes is vital. Without the income raised through a variety of fundraising projects, including our lottery, there simply would not be an air ambulance service in Lincs and Notts which is not something anyone wants to contemplate. I would like to thank all of our supporters and fundraisers for their part in ensuring the air ambulance keeps flying and if you do play our lottery, I wish you good luck in our weekly draws.” To help support your local Air Ambulance and join our lottery today, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk, call 01522 531308 or email Lottery@ambucopter.org.uk Pages 93 - 114 93
92  LINCS   NOTTS AIR AMBULANCE  The most wonderful time of the year  Help to support lifesaving missions Every year the L...
92 LINCS & NOTTS AIR AMBULANCE The most wonderful time of the year Help to support lifesaving missions Every year the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance responds to around 1,000 emergency calls. The common factor is that the injured person needs immediate medical help – fast! Our helicopter and Critical Care Team bring the equivalent of an A&E department to the scene of life-threatening incidents, including agricultural, horse riding and motorcycle accidents, serious falls and road traffic collisions. We take care of people in their greatest hour of need. All of this is only possible thanks to the help and support of the people in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire who help to raise the £2.1million needed every year to enable our local air ambulance to keep responding to emergencies 365 days of the year. The charity receives no government funding – every single penny is raised locally meaning every penny raised really does help. Last year, hundreds of our life-saving missions were paid for by the income raised through our charity lottery which is a fun way to make a regular contribution, with the added excitement of possibly winning a cash prize of up to £1,000! Join today and help support even more lifesaving missions. For more information on this please email Lottery@ ambucopter.org.uk Chief Executive, Karen Jobling, said: “In Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire some people can live more than an hour away from their nearest ambulance station and there are some extremely isolated areas within the two counties we cover. Having a Christmas Heading helicopter equipped for emergencies with a fully trained medical crew on board who are able to be on the scene of a serious incident or accident and ready to help a patient within 20 minutes is vital. Without the income raised through a variety of fundraising projects, including our lottery, there simply would not be an air ambulance service in Lincs and Notts which is not something anyone wants to contemplate. I would like to thank all of our supporters and fundraisers for their part in ensuring the air ambulance keeps flying and if you do play our lottery, I wish you good luck in our weekly draws.” To help support your local Air Ambulance and join our lottery today, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk, call 01522 531308 or email Lottery@ambucopter.org.uk Pages 93 - 114 93
92  LINCS   NOTTS AIR AMBULANCE  The most wonderful time of the year  Help to support lifesaving missions Every year the L...
94 CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS 95 The Stage is Set for A Magical Christmas T he fairy tale magic of the most famous of ballets will sweep everyone along into an enchanting winter wonderland at Chatsworth this festive season. Christmas at Chatsworth: The Nutcracker will see the house transformed to present the festive tale complete with lavish costumes, beautiful decorations, wonderful stage sets and a few fantastic surprises in store sure to captivate all who visit. Christmas at Chatsworth will transport everyone to a fairy tale world populated by Nutcracker soldiers; elegant ballerinas and dancing snowflakes. All the cast will be on view - from the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy to the Nutcracker and Clara - to depict the story in a series of stunning tableau scenes throughout the house. In the tale, a box of performing toys charms the children and adults alike, but it is the Nutcracker doll that enchants Clara the most. As the curtain rises on Christmas Eve, visitors will be able to share in Clara’s adventures as she is swept away by her Nutcracker Prince to a wonderful place where the magic really begins. Along the way, the beautifully dressed rooms will tell the story of The Nutcracker with all the classic scenes from Clara’s dream; from the waltz of the snowflakes to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Head housekeeper Janet Bitton said: “The Land of Sweets in the Great Dining Room will be the highlight for me. The only light will be from the chandelier, like a moon above the city with its twinkling lights through the windows, and the glow from the huge Christmas trees in each corner will be magical.” In a clever twist, the visitor will be able to experience the story as though they are both in the audience at the theatre and stepping backstage at the ballet. Guides will become stage managers and wardrobe mistresses. For a special added thrill, visitors of all ages will be invited to enter into the magic of the story with many costumes to try on. Christmas at Chatsworth: The Nutcracker will run from 5 November 2016- 3rd January 2017. For more information, visit www.chatsworth.org As well as the main event in the house, there is a whole host of festive themed activity. From truly magical nativity performances in the farmyard starring the farm animals, to gourmet evenings, floral workshops and wreath making demonstrations, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Or get Christmas shopping off to an early start with a visit to the Christmas market with over 100 stalls of gifts for the whole family.
94  CHRISTMAS  CHRISTMAS  95  The Stage is Set for A Magical Christmas  T  he fairy tale magic of the most famous of balle...
94 CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS 95 The Stage is Set for A Magical Christmas T he fairy tale magic of the most famous of ballets will sweep everyone along into an enchanting winter wonderland at Chatsworth this festive season. Christmas at Chatsworth: The Nutcracker will see the house transformed to present the festive tale complete with lavish costumes, beautiful decorations, wonderful stage sets and a few fantastic surprises in store sure to captivate all who visit. Christmas at Chatsworth will transport everyone to a fairy tale world populated by Nutcracker soldiers; elegant ballerinas and dancing snowflakes. All the cast will be on view - from the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy to the Nutcracker and Clara - to depict the story in a series of stunning tableau scenes throughout the house. In the tale, a box of performing toys charms the children and adults alike, but it is the Nutcracker doll that enchants Clara the most. As the curtain rises on Christmas Eve, visitors will be able to share in Clara’s adventures as she is swept away by her Nutcracker Prince to a wonderful place where the magic really begins. Along the way, the beautifully dressed rooms will tell the story of The Nutcracker with all the classic scenes from Clara’s dream; from the waltz of the snowflakes to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Head housekeeper Janet Bitton said: “The Land of Sweets in the Great Dining Room will be the highlight for me. The only light will be from the chandelier, like a moon above the city with its twinkling lights through the windows, and the glow from the huge Christmas trees in each corner will be magical.” In a clever twist, the visitor will be able to experience the story as though they are both in the audience at the theatre and stepping backstage at the ballet. Guides will become stage managers and wardrobe mistresses. For a special added thrill, visitors of all ages will be invited to enter into the magic of the story with many costumes to try on. Christmas at Chatsworth: The Nutcracker will run from 5 November 2016- 3rd January 2017. For more information, visit www.chatsworth.org As well as the main event in the house, there is a whole host of festive themed activity. From truly magical nativity performances in the farmyard starring the farm animals, to gourmet evenings, floral workshops and wreath making demonstrations, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Or get Christmas shopping off to an early start with a visit to the Christmas market with over 100 stalls of gifts for the whole family.
94  CHRISTMAS  CHRISTMAS  95  The Stage is Set for A Magical Christmas  T  he fairy tale magic of the most famous of balle...
96 CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS Take a steam train ride with Santa What better way to get in the festive spirit than with a visit to see Father Christmas himself? Santa Specials give children and families the chance to do just that. The festive themed family favourite returns for 2016, once again inviting people of all ages to take a steam-train ride through some of England’s most picturesque landscapes with the man in the red suit. Taking place on lines across the country, it’s the perfect opportunity for any younger family members to give their Christmas lists in person and on board gifts and refreshments make for a seasonal activity the whole family can enjoy. Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Lancashire and Derbyshire are just some of the places travellers can explore on a Santa Special ride and, running right up until Christmas Eve, it’s a chance to make some memories and see a side of Britain you never knew existed all in time for the big day. Christmas under one roof For those looking for something a little bit extra for their Christmas do, The Cornerhouse is the ideal place to get the party started. With 20 venues offering everything from IMAX movies and adventure golf, to air hockey and family sized 10-pin bowling, you’re spoilt for choice if you are looking for an activity to enjoy during your festive knees up. The good news is that the venue caters for people of all ages, as Suzanne Green, centre manager for The Cornerhouse explains: “It can be really difficult trying to organise your Christmas party when there are people of varying ages and with different interests. That’s what makes a visit to The Cornerhouse so unique. It’s important to cater for everyone and we offer a wide selection of venues that won’t overwhelm people who want a more chilled out affair, but also won’t bore those looking for a bit of fun. “The Cornerhouse is always a popular choice at Christmas because there is so much under one roof. It’s great that you can mix it up and do different things here; companies can even take over a whole cinema screen for a really special night. With festive films such as the warming ‘La La Land’ and the hilarious ‘Office Christmas Party’, it’s a great add on to your turkey and trimmings.” If you’re not looking for a traditional Christmas dinner, a variety of alternative choices are available. Turtle Bay offers a Caribbean Christmas and Tamatanga’s outstanding Indian dishes sit alongside popular choices such as Revolution and Chiquito, and can be topped off with a night of dancing at our newest venue Pom Pom. Rocket@Saltwater also provides a comprehensive Christmas package, as general manager, Nick Revill explains: “We’re looking forward to another great Christmas here at Rocket@Saltwater. As well as the great mix of DJs, food and drinks we have all year round, we’ll also be creating some tasty themed cocktails and serving up winter favourites like mulled wine and hot cider – perfect to enjoy on our outdoor heated terrace. “Our Christmas Menu brings you traditional favourites with a modern twist, including Turkey Wrapped in Bacon and a Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder. For parties of 20 or more, we also have our special canapé menu, with vegetable, fish and meat options available. Our desserts are a hit every Christmas and this year we have favourites like a Salted Caramel Panna Cotta or Triple Chocolate and Chestnut Yule Log. “Our bar, restaurant and outdoor area are ideal for a seasonal celebration and we’ll be decorating to get everyone into the festive spirit. Alongside our regular weekday offers of Pizza Monday, Steak Tuesday and Burger Wednesday, there’s plenty to enjoy this Winter at Rocket@Saltwater.” Suzanne concludes: “Bookings seem to start earlier each year, with some of the most popular nights at venues already full, so it is advised that you book sooner so as not to miss out.” For more information on The Cornerhouse visit www.cornerhousenottingham.co.uk or the venue’s Twitter and Facebook pages. The Corner House Front Lost City Adventure Golf Nando’s Genting Casino 97
96  CHRISTMAS  CHRISTMAS  Take a steam train ride with Santa  What better way to get in the festive spirit than with a vis...
96 CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS Take a steam train ride with Santa What better way to get in the festive spirit than with a visit to see Father Christmas himself? Santa Specials give children and families the chance to do just that. The festive themed family favourite returns for 2016, once again inviting people of all ages to take a steam-train ride through some of England’s most picturesque landscapes with the man in the red suit. Taking place on lines across the country, it’s the perfect opportunity for any younger family members to give their Christmas lists in person and on board gifts and refreshments make for a seasonal activity the whole family can enjoy. Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Lancashire and Derbyshire are just some of the places travellers can explore on a Santa Special ride and, running right up until Christmas Eve, it’s a chance to make some memories and see a side of Britain you never knew existed all in time for the big day. Christmas under one roof For those looking for something a little bit extra for their Christmas do, The Cornerhouse is the ideal place to get the party started. With 20 venues offering everything from IMAX movies and adventure golf, to air hockey and family sized 10-pin bowling, you’re spoilt for choice if you are looking for an activity to enjoy during your festive knees up. The good news is that the venue caters for people of all ages, as Suzanne Green, centre manager for The Cornerhouse explains: “It can be really difficult trying to organise your Christmas party when there are people of varying ages and with different interests. That’s what makes a visit to The Cornerhouse so unique. It’s important to cater for everyone and we offer a wide selection of venues that won’t overwhelm people who want a more chilled out affair, but also won’t bore those looking for a bit of fun. “The Cornerhouse is always a popular choice at Christmas because there is so much under one roof. It’s great that you can mix it up and do different things here; companies can even take over a whole cinema screen for a really special night. With festive films such as the warming ‘La La Land’ and the hilarious ‘Office Christmas Party’, it’s a great add on to your turkey and trimmings.” If you’re not looking for a traditional Christmas dinner, a variety of alternative choices are available. Turtle Bay offers a Caribbean Christmas and Tamatanga’s outstanding Indian dishes sit alongside popular choices such as Revolution and Chiquito, and can be topped off with a night of dancing at our newest venue Pom Pom. Rocket@Saltwater also provides a comprehensive Christmas package, as general manager, Nick Revill explains: “We’re looking forward to another great Christmas here at Rocket@Saltwater. As well as the great mix of DJs, food and drinks we have all year round, we’ll also be creating some tasty themed cocktails and serving up winter favourites like mulled wine and hot cider – perfect to enjoy on our outdoor heated terrace. “Our Christmas Menu brings you traditional favourites with a modern twist, including Turkey Wrapped in Bacon and a Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder. For parties of 20 or more, we also have our special canapé menu, with vegetable, fish and meat options available. Our desserts are a hit every Christmas and this year we have favourites like a Salted Caramel Panna Cotta or Triple Chocolate and Chestnut Yule Log. “Our bar, restaurant and outdoor area are ideal for a seasonal celebration and we’ll be decorating to get everyone into the festive spirit. Alongside our regular weekday offers of Pizza Monday, Steak Tuesday and Burger Wednesday, there’s plenty to enjoy this Winter at Rocket@Saltwater.” Suzanne concludes: “Bookings seem to start earlier each year, with some of the most popular nights at venues already full, so it is advised that you book sooner so as not to miss out.” For more information on The Cornerhouse visit www.cornerhousenottingham.co.uk or the venue’s Twitter and Facebook pages. The Corner House Front Lost City Adventure Golf Nando’s Genting Casino 97
96  CHRISTMAS  CHRISTMAS  Take a steam train ride with Santa  What better way to get in the festive spirit than with a vis...
CHRISTMAS 99 At the heart of shopping in Nottingham since 1929 The Exchange has been at the very centre of Nottingham retailing for over 85 years, and is now home to an unrivalled mix of exclusive brands and unique independent stores. Housed adjacent to the city’s historic Council House, The Exchange is a nationally celebrated Grade II* listed building with an impressive central dome, and offers a stylish and atmospheric shopping experience. The Exchange Buildings were constructed between 1927 and 1929 as part of a major civic building project which included the Council House, and replaced the former Nottingham Exchange which was the main office of the Nottingham Corporation. It was the city’s first true shopping centre and was opened on 22nd May 1929 by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII. Originally, the arcade was principally occupied by Joseph Burton Esq, who operated an upmarket food emporium similar to London’s Fortnum & Mason. The centre enjoyed an unbroken record of retailing in the city over the next 50 years, but by the early 1980s was in need of updating. A major refurbishment was subsequently undertaken to provide 17 retail units in high quality, atmospheric surroundings, which was completed in 1985. The Exchange Buildings also house a magnificent 200ft high dome, beneath which there are four fresco murals which depict the history of Nottingham. Each mural was the work of Nottinghamshire artist Noel Denholm Davis, who used local celebrities as models. The building’s architect Thomas Cecil Howitt himself appears in the guise of William the Conqueror’s surveyor, and legendary Notts County goalkeeper Albert Iremonger is depicted as Little John. The inscription around the base of the dome reads: ‘The Corporation of Nottingham erected this building for counsel and welcome, and to show merchandise and crafts’. This cathedral-like space is The Exchange’s principal feature and one of the most photographed sights in the city. In 2014, the centre undertook a major £150,000 refurbishment of the main arcade’s stone floor, with 25 tonnes of newly cut York Stone replacing the original 85 year old slabs. Blending perfectly with the Portland Stone from which the main building is constructed, the new floor returned the arcade to the look which greeted its first customers over 85 years ago. Today, The Exchange houses 16 stores, incorporating some of the UK’s best known fashion brands including Radley, Jaeger, Karen Millen, Dr Martens and Oasis, as well as a selection of independent retailers in fashion, jewellery, eyewear and fine wine. Food is also still very much a part of the centre, with Patisserie Valerie and Pret a Manger providing a tangible connection to Joseph Burton’s original store. The Exchange is unquestionably Nottingham’s most exclusive speciality shopping venue, and continues to uphold the unbroken history of retailing in the city for which it is justifiably renowned. The Exchange, High Street, Nottingham NG1 2DD www.theexchange.uk.net Give a gift with a difference It’s unlikely that many people will take their new shoes out of the shoebox and then consider that the box could be used to bring laughter and smiles to children in need around the world. But that’s exactly what Operation Christmas Child achieves and it has been doing so for millions of children since 1990. Each year thousands of people across the country get involved through their local churches, schools or groups of friends. The idea is simple, but the impact is huge. It’s easy to get involved. You decide if your shoebox is going to be for a boy or girl, select from one of three age ranges and then fill it with gifts. Popular gifts include toys, school supplies and even hygiene items. If you’d like to find out more about Operation Christmas Child, would like packing tips, or want to watch the journey of a shoebox, then you can find all you’ll need over at www. operationchristmaschild.org. uk.
CHRISTMAS  99  At the heart of shopping in Nottingham since 1929 The Exchange has been at the very centre of Nottingham re...
CHRISTMAS 99 At the heart of shopping in Nottingham since 1929 The Exchange has been at the very centre of Nottingham retailing for over 85 years, and is now home to an unrivalled mix of exclusive brands and unique independent stores. Housed adjacent to the city’s historic Council House, The Exchange is a nationally celebrated Grade II* listed building with an impressive central dome, and offers a stylish and atmospheric shopping experience. The Exchange Buildings were constructed between 1927 and 1929 as part of a major civic building project which included the Council House, and replaced the former Nottingham Exchange which was the main office of the Nottingham Corporation. It was the city’s first true shopping centre and was opened on 22nd May 1929 by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII. Originally, the arcade was principally occupied by Joseph Burton Esq, who operated an upmarket food emporium similar to London’s Fortnum & Mason. The centre enjoyed an unbroken record of retailing in the city over the next 50 years, but by the early 1980s was in need of updating. A major refurbishment was subsequently undertaken to provide 17 retail units in high quality, atmospheric surroundings, which was completed in 1985. The Exchange Buildings also house a magnificent 200ft high dome, beneath which there are four fresco murals which depict the history of Nottingham. Each mural was the work of Nottinghamshire artist Noel Denholm Davis, who used local celebrities as models. The building’s architect Thomas Cecil Howitt himself appears in the guise of William the Conqueror’s surveyor, and legendary Notts County goalkeeper Albert Iremonger is depicted as Little John. The inscription around the base of the dome reads: ‘The Corporation of Nottingham erected this building for counsel and welcome, and to show merchandise and crafts’. This cathedral-like space is The Exchange’s principal feature and one of the most photographed sights in the city. In 2014, the centre undertook a major £150,000 refurbishment of the main arcade’s stone floor, with 25 tonnes of newly cut York Stone replacing the original 85 year old slabs. Blending perfectly with the Portland Stone from which the main building is constructed, the new floor returned the arcade to the look which greeted its first customers over 85 years ago. Today, The Exchange houses 16 stores, incorporating some of the UK’s best known fashion brands including Radley, Jaeger, Karen Millen, Dr Martens and Oasis, as well as a selection of independent retailers in fashion, jewellery, eyewear and fine wine. Food is also still very much a part of the centre, with Patisserie Valerie and Pret a Manger providing a tangible connection to Joseph Burton’s original store. The Exchange is unquestionably Nottingham’s most exclusive speciality shopping venue, and continues to uphold the unbroken history of retailing in the city for which it is justifiably renowned. The Exchange, High Street, Nottingham NG1 2DD www.theexchange.uk.net Give a gift with a difference It’s unlikely that many people will take their new shoes out of the shoebox and then consider that the box could be used to bring laughter and smiles to children in need around the world. But that’s exactly what Operation Christmas Child achieves and it has been doing so for millions of children since 1990. Each year thousands of people across the country get involved through their local churches, schools or groups of friends. The idea is simple, but the impact is huge. It’s easy to get involved. You decide if your shoebox is going to be for a boy or girl, select from one of three age ranges and then fill it with gifts. Popular gifts include toys, school supplies and even hygiene items. If you’d like to find out more about Operation Christmas Child, would like packing tips, or want to watch the journey of a shoebox, then you can find all you’ll need over at www. operationchristmaschild.org. uk.
CHRISTMAS  99  At the heart of shopping in Nottingham since 1929 The Exchange has been at the very centre of Nottingham re...
CHRISTMAS 101 Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland The Nottingham Winter Wonderland returns this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event will open on Saturday 19th November and will close on Sunday 8th January. The event takes place in the heart of Nottingham, The Old Market Square with the council house as the event back drop. The Nottingham Winter Wonderland attracts over 100,000 people to Nottingham City Centre every year from all over the UK and even abroad. Ice Rink East Midlands’ largest real outdoor ice rink returns. The 30m x 25m ice rink brings families and friends together to have fun while taking in the wonderful festive atmosphere. This year, the ice rink will have a light up barrier to add that special effect and make it stand out from the rest. It will also have a new ‘Ski Lodge’ style boot room to add that special effect that you are no longer in Nottingham City Centre. The ice rink will be occasionally doing themed sessions so keep checking our website and Facebook for more information. Victorian Winter Market The popular Victorian Christmas Market is back and offers a wide variety of handmade goods and festive gifts. On long row you can find cabins selling various cheese, handmade chocolate tools, festive gifts and silky pashminas. On Smithy Row you can buy handmade silver jewellery, handcrafted wood carvings, framed Lego characters and porcelain aromatherapy domes. In the heart of the event on The Market square, you will find traditional festive food vendors selling turkey and stuffing rolls, quirky venison burgers and traditional mushy peas and chips. There are also traders selling jams and spreads, a variety of chilli sauces and hot roasted chestnuts. East Midland’s 1st Ice Bar This year, Nottingham Winter Wonderland will host East Midlands’ first ever ice bar. Step inside and you will feel like you are in the arctic. With ice walls and real ice sculptures, the ice bar offers customers a real unique experience and you can also enjoy a drink in a real ice glass. Winter Bars The Nottingham Winter Bar offers customers a variety of drinks from a hot toddy to lagers and your winter favourite Mulled Wine. Come and have a drink and get out of the cold in our sheltered seating area. The world’s only Helter Skelter Bar returns again selling a variety of hot and cold drinks. The kids can enjoy the fun of the helter skelter while you have a cheeky drink at the bar. For all information on Nottingham Winter Wonderland, please visit our website www.nottinghamwinterwonderland.co.uk
CHRISTMAS  101  Nottingham   s Winter Wonderland The Nottingham Winter Wonderland returns this year and promises to be big...
CHRISTMAS 101 Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland The Nottingham Winter Wonderland returns this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event will open on Saturday 19th November and will close on Sunday 8th January. The event takes place in the heart of Nottingham, The Old Market Square with the council house as the event back drop. The Nottingham Winter Wonderland attracts over 100,000 people to Nottingham City Centre every year from all over the UK and even abroad. Ice Rink East Midlands’ largest real outdoor ice rink returns. The 30m x 25m ice rink brings families and friends together to have fun while taking in the wonderful festive atmosphere. This year, the ice rink will have a light up barrier to add that special effect and make it stand out from the rest. It will also have a new ‘Ski Lodge’ style boot room to add that special effect that you are no longer in Nottingham City Centre. The ice rink will be occasionally doing themed sessions so keep checking our website and Facebook for more information. Victorian Winter Market The popular Victorian Christmas Market is back and offers a wide variety of handmade goods and festive gifts. On long row you can find cabins selling various cheese, handmade chocolate tools, festive gifts and silky pashminas. On Smithy Row you can buy handmade silver jewellery, handcrafted wood carvings, framed Lego characters and porcelain aromatherapy domes. In the heart of the event on The Market square, you will find traditional festive food vendors selling turkey and stuffing rolls, quirky venison burgers and traditional mushy peas and chips. There are also traders selling jams and spreads, a variety of chilli sauces and hot roasted chestnuts. East Midland’s 1st Ice Bar This year, Nottingham Winter Wonderland will host East Midlands’ first ever ice bar. Step inside and you will feel like you are in the arctic. With ice walls and real ice sculptures, the ice bar offers customers a real unique experience and you can also enjoy a drink in a real ice glass. Winter Bars The Nottingham Winter Bar offers customers a variety of drinks from a hot toddy to lagers and your winter favourite Mulled Wine. Come and have a drink and get out of the cold in our sheltered seating area. The world’s only Helter Skelter Bar returns again selling a variety of hot and cold drinks. The kids can enjoy the fun of the helter skelter while you have a cheeky drink at the bar. For all information on Nottingham Winter Wonderland, please visit our website www.nottinghamwinterwonderland.co.uk
CHRISTMAS  101  Nottingham   s Winter Wonderland The Nottingham Winter Wonderland returns this year and promises to be big...
CHRISTMAS Create the Perfect Christmas Party Look The B. Make Up Travel Brush Kit has all the essentials you need to create a seamless, professional makeup look- a foundation brush for an even base, a fluffy brush to apply bronzer or blush, an eyeshadow brush to accentuate the eyes and a lip brush for a sharp and defined lip colour. The travel pouch means it’s ideal for any Christmas parties away too. Solait Golden Glow Maxi Bronzer B. Make Up Travel Kit £17.99 £4.99 Start by evening out the skin tone for a more perfected base. The B. Even Oil Control Foundation is great for covering any imperfections and creating a long-lasting, flawless finish. Sweep the Solait Golden Glow Maxi Bronzer in a 3 shape across the temples, cheek bones and jaw line to add definition and warmth to your complexion. Apply to the neck too for a natural, blended finish. Draw attention to the eyes with this FashionistA Mono Eyeshadow. Sweep all over the lid and smudge under the eye for an effortless, smokey look or apply through the crease using a more precise brush to add definition. An eyelash curler is a great way to open up the eyes, ideal if you’re going for a heavy eyeshadow look that can often make them look smaller. This B. Eyelash Curler is a super affordable way to achieve longer lashes. FashionistA Mono Eyeshadow £4.00 Fashion Secret Gel Liner Look your best this Christmas This Kylie Jenner Sinful Colours nail polish is a great festive shade. The neutral underdone means it’ll go with any party outfit and the glitter adds that all-important Christmas sparkle. Find more products online at www. superdrug.com £10.99 Supermodel Lengthening Mascara £7.00 The Supermodel Lengthening Mascara does exactly what it says on the tube. Layer for dramatic, statement lashes. ‘Cranberry’ by GOSH is not only a long-lasting matte lipstick formula that will carry you through the night, it’s the perfect finishing touch to a smokey, sultry makeup look. Use the lip brush from the travel set to apply for a precise shape or tap in with fingers for more of a natural stain. B. Even Oil Control Foundation £7.00 Create the illusion of a thicker lash line with the Fashion Secret Gel Liner. Draw a line upwards from the outer corner of the lid towards the eyebrow to create a feline flick that elongates the eye. Shade: 03 Beige Shade: Cranberry GOSH Matt Velvet Lipstick £6.99 Kylie Jenner Sinful Colors £3.00 Where to apply your bronzer 103
CHRISTMAS  Create the Perfect Christmas Party Look The B. Make Up Travel Brush Kit has all the essentials you need to crea...
CHRISTMAS Create the Perfect Christmas Party Look The B. Make Up Travel Brush Kit has all the essentials you need to create a seamless, professional makeup look- a foundation brush for an even base, a fluffy brush to apply bronzer or blush, an eyeshadow brush to accentuate the eyes and a lip brush for a sharp and defined lip colour. The travel pouch means it’s ideal for any Christmas parties away too. Solait Golden Glow Maxi Bronzer B. Make Up Travel Kit £17.99 £4.99 Start by evening out the skin tone for a more perfected base. The B. Even Oil Control Foundation is great for covering any imperfections and creating a long-lasting, flawless finish. Sweep the Solait Golden Glow Maxi Bronzer in a 3 shape across the temples, cheek bones and jaw line to add definition and warmth to your complexion. Apply to the neck too for a natural, blended finish. Draw attention to the eyes with this FashionistA Mono Eyeshadow. Sweep all over the lid and smudge under the eye for an effortless, smokey look or apply through the crease using a more precise brush to add definition. An eyelash curler is a great way to open up the eyes, ideal if you’re going for a heavy eyeshadow look that can often make them look smaller. This B. Eyelash Curler is a super affordable way to achieve longer lashes. FashionistA Mono Eyeshadow £4.00 Fashion Secret Gel Liner Look your best this Christmas This Kylie Jenner Sinful Colours nail polish is a great festive shade. The neutral underdone means it’ll go with any party outfit and the glitter adds that all-important Christmas sparkle. Find more products online at www. superdrug.com £10.99 Supermodel Lengthening Mascara £7.00 The Supermodel Lengthening Mascara does exactly what it says on the tube. Layer for dramatic, statement lashes. ‘Cranberry’ by GOSH is not only a long-lasting matte lipstick formula that will carry you through the night, it’s the perfect finishing touch to a smokey, sultry makeup look. Use the lip brush from the travel set to apply for a precise shape or tap in with fingers for more of a natural stain. B. Even Oil Control Foundation £7.00 Create the illusion of a thicker lash line with the Fashion Secret Gel Liner. Draw a line upwards from the outer corner of the lid towards the eyebrow to create a feline flick that elongates the eye. Shade: 03 Beige Shade: Cranberry GOSH Matt Velvet Lipstick £6.99 Kylie Jenner Sinful Colors £3.00 Where to apply your bronzer 103
CHRISTMAS  Create the Perfect Christmas Party Look The B. Make Up Travel Brush Kit has all the essentials you need to crea...
CHRISTMAS T 105 A Stay To Remember he University of Nottingham’s campus is recognised across the world as a place of outstanding beauty and The Orchard Hotel, hidden in the heart its 330 acres, is the perfect place to enjoy it. Managed by Devere Venues and built to compliment the East Midlands Conference Centre just steps away, the hotel boasts a bright, open plan interior, a cosy outdoor dining terrace and a stylish bar and restaurant for an experience to remember whatever the reason for your stay. Set against a backdrop of peaceful landscapes, and grand buildings, the hotel’s striking aesthetic is the perfect addition to the campus and its 202 rooms are popular among business professionals, families of students and local sports teams alike. The Orchard’s Bramley’s Brasserie, open to the general public as well as hotel guests, give visitors access to top quality food and drinking without even having to step foot off campus. Fresh, seasonal and, where possible, locally sourced produce are at the very core of Bramley’s, and its name is a fitting tribute to the university’s rich heritage, paying homage to the Bramley Apple Seedlings the university cloned to preserve the species. Monthly Jazz Evenings means guests don’t have to venture into town for a night to remember either. Famous jazz musician Campbell Bass who has played for the likes of Chatsworth house and the BBC is a regular visitor to The Orchard Hotel and guided walks around the campus gardens and historic houses give visitors the opportunity to see a side of the city that most don’t know exists. Guests are also given unlimited use of the university’s newly opened sports centre to make the most of their stay as well as free onsite parking and wifi. But aside from its outstanding facilities, The Hotel’s environmental efforts are what truly sets it apart from the rest. Their commitment to the environment goes hand in hand with that of the university who themselves have won a Green Flag Award, with finding ways to reduce energy use and protect the environment being a daily a priority for the team. The hotel’s plant room features a car engine that works as their generator, photo voltaic panels on both rooves convert the energy the hotel uses and the building has even been specifically designed with north and south facing windows to maximise sunlight and save energy, but these are just a glimpse at the lengths the team have gone to to realise their eco-friendly vision. It’s something they’ve considered in the smaller details too with the use of wooden structures and the colour green creating a real fluidity between the indoors and outdoors, complementing the hotel’s status as the second most eco-friendly hotel in the East Midlands. But that’s just one of the hotel’s many accolades. Best Luxury Conference Centre, a finalist in the Best Welcome Guest Experience and the Expedia Insiders Select Award are some of the others The Orchard Hotel has won in the 4 years since it opened. Located just a 10 minute walk from a tram stop, 2 miles from the nearest train station and 14 miles from East Midlands Airport it’s ideally located for any international visitors as well as anyone looking to explore the city and The Orchard are keen to get visitors involved in what’s going on locally too, promoting nearby events and activities to encourage them to explore the very best that Nottingham has to offer. So whether you’re passing through the city on business, visiting a studying family member or simply looking for a weekend escape in picturesque surroundings, The Orchard Hotel is the perfect place to stay. Visit www.deverevenues.co.uk or call 0871 222 4836 for more information.
CHRISTMAS  T  105  A Stay To Remember  he University of Nottingham   s campus is recognised across the world as a place of...
CHRISTMAS T 105 A Stay To Remember he University of Nottingham’s campus is recognised across the world as a place of outstanding beauty and The Orchard Hotel, hidden in the heart its 330 acres, is the perfect place to enjoy it. Managed by Devere Venues and built to compliment the East Midlands Conference Centre just steps away, the hotel boasts a bright, open plan interior, a cosy outdoor dining terrace and a stylish bar and restaurant for an experience to remember whatever the reason for your stay. Set against a backdrop of peaceful landscapes, and grand buildings, the hotel’s striking aesthetic is the perfect addition to the campus and its 202 rooms are popular among business professionals, families of students and local sports teams alike. The Orchard’s Bramley’s Brasserie, open to the general public as well as hotel guests, give visitors access to top quality food and drinking without even having to step foot off campus. Fresh, seasonal and, where possible, locally sourced produce are at the very core of Bramley’s, and its name is a fitting tribute to the university’s rich heritage, paying homage to the Bramley Apple Seedlings the university cloned to preserve the species. Monthly Jazz Evenings means guests don’t have to venture into town for a night to remember either. Famous jazz musician Campbell Bass who has played for the likes of Chatsworth house and the BBC is a regular visitor to The Orchard Hotel and guided walks around the campus gardens and historic houses give visitors the opportunity to see a side of the city that most don’t know exists. Guests are also given unlimited use of the university’s newly opened sports centre to make the most of their stay as well as free onsite parking and wifi. But aside from its outstanding facilities, The Hotel’s environmental efforts are what truly sets it apart from the rest. Their commitment to the environment goes hand in hand with that of the university who themselves have won a Green Flag Award, with finding ways to reduce energy use and protect the environment being a daily a priority for the team. The hotel’s plant room features a car engine that works as their generator, photo voltaic panels on both rooves convert the energy the hotel uses and the building has even been specifically designed with north and south facing windows to maximise sunlight and save energy, but these are just a glimpse at the lengths the team have gone to to realise their eco-friendly vision. It’s something they’ve considered in the smaller details too with the use of wooden structures and the colour green creating a real fluidity between the indoors and outdoors, complementing the hotel’s status as the second most eco-friendly hotel in the East Midlands. But that’s just one of the hotel’s many accolades. Best Luxury Conference Centre, a finalist in the Best Welcome Guest Experience and the Expedia Insiders Select Award are some of the others The Orchard Hotel has won in the 4 years since it opened. Located just a 10 minute walk from a tram stop, 2 miles from the nearest train station and 14 miles from East Midlands Airport it’s ideally located for any international visitors as well as anyone looking to explore the city and The Orchard are keen to get visitors involved in what’s going on locally too, promoting nearby events and activities to encourage them to explore the very best that Nottingham has to offer. So whether you’re passing through the city on business, visiting a studying family member or simply looking for a weekend escape in picturesque surroundings, The Orchard Hotel is the perfect place to stay. Visit www.deverevenues.co.uk or call 0871 222 4836 for more information.
CHRISTMAS  T  105  A Stay To Remember  he University of Nottingham   s campus is recognised across the world as a place of...
CHRISTMAS Don’t Jump The Gun Finding the right gun for you is a top priority at Kibworth Gun Shop Stocking everything from air rifles, fire arms and shot guns to pellets, cartridges and ammunition, as well as clothing and shooting accessories, it really is a one stop shop for all of your shooting needs. Try before you buy with the huge range of branded demo guns and second hand guns on offer and get expert advice from the experienced team of staff on everything from beginners’ shooting to tips and techniques for the more experienced. It’s all part of their promise to make sure each and every customer goes home satisfied. A huge variety of game and clay cartridges are available to buy at some of the most competitive prices in the country and selected guns are also available to purchase on finance. The shop is even happy to look at your old guns as part exchange. But it’s not just a place to come for your shopping needs. With a superb clay sporting layout and 4 undercover air rifle ranges, it’s somewhere you can put your passion for shooting into practice. Kibworth’s gift vouchers make the perfect present too (valid for 12 months). Available to use on introductions, shooting, lessons or shop purchases it’s a gift that your special someone is sure to find a use for. It is also a fun venue for Christmas Parties and Hen/Stag Dos with a difference. For more information go to www.kibworthshootingground.co.uk or call 0116 2796001. Kibworth Shooting Ground & Gun Shop, Harborough Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire, LE 8 0RD. info@kibworthshootingground.co.uk 107
CHRISTMAS  Don   t Jump The Gun Finding the right gun for you is a top priority at Kibworth Gun Shop Stocking everything f...
CHRISTMAS Don’t Jump The Gun Finding the right gun for you is a top priority at Kibworth Gun Shop Stocking everything from air rifles, fire arms and shot guns to pellets, cartridges and ammunition, as well as clothing and shooting accessories, it really is a one stop shop for all of your shooting needs. Try before you buy with the huge range of branded demo guns and second hand guns on offer and get expert advice from the experienced team of staff on everything from beginners’ shooting to tips and techniques for the more experienced. It’s all part of their promise to make sure each and every customer goes home satisfied. A huge variety of game and clay cartridges are available to buy at some of the most competitive prices in the country and selected guns are also available to purchase on finance. The shop is even happy to look at your old guns as part exchange. But it’s not just a place to come for your shopping needs. With a superb clay sporting layout and 4 undercover air rifle ranges, it’s somewhere you can put your passion for shooting into practice. Kibworth’s gift vouchers make the perfect present too (valid for 12 months). Available to use on introductions, shooting, lessons or shop purchases it’s a gift that your special someone is sure to find a use for. It is also a fun venue for Christmas Parties and Hen/Stag Dos with a difference. For more information go to www.kibworthshootingground.co.uk or call 0116 2796001. Kibworth Shooting Ground & Gun Shop, Harborough Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire, LE 8 0RD. info@kibworthshootingground.co.uk 107
CHRISTMAS  Don   t Jump The Gun Finding the right gun for you is a top priority at Kibworth Gun Shop Stocking everything f...
Ripley’s Christmas Starts Here! Ripley Town Council event of the Ripley Christmas Lights Switch On this year is to be held on Saturday November 26th 2016 at 4.30pm on the Market Place, Ripley. This is a change from the usual Friday which it has been held on for many years and this year there are new Christmas Lights throughout the town and a Christmas tree with many coloured lights and Ripley’s Own Snowman on the Town Hall. Lots of entertainment for children, including free fun fair rides, meeting Father Christmas, Elsa from Frozen, Araura from Sleeping Beauty and Mr Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. There is a fancy dress competition for two groups i.e. up to 11 years and 11 to 14 years with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for both groups. The Brass Band will play Christmas Carols and everyone can join in the singing of the carols and Amber Sound 107.2fm will be broadcasting live from the Market Place. There is hot and cold food and drinks available. This is an extremely popular event and has many people attend. There will be shops open for Christmas shopping to kick start the run up to Christmas for 2016. Following this event on Sunday there will be the Michaelmas Market on Sunday November 27th 2016 10.00am till 4.00pm which has proved to be a brilliant market with lots of stalls selling various items and gifts for Christmas. There are craft stalls, gift ideas, food stalls with a chance to sample the produce. Street entertainers, fun fair, Punch & Judy and Carol singing round the Christmas tree. Many of the town shops will be open too and Free Parking will be available at the car park at the rear of the Town Hall on Cromford Road. CHRISTMAS MARKETS An Age Old Tradition ‘Christmas shopping’ is a phrase that fills a lot of us with an imminent sense of dread. Fighting your way past over enthusiastic bargain hunters and spending more time queueing for the checkout than anything else can leave even the most festive of shoppers sympathising with Scrooge but Christmas markets offer a more laid back take on the festive shopping season for an experience you might actually enjoy this time around. Dating back to medieval times, it’s a tradition that’s lasted through the ages and, despite the assumption that we have the Germans to thank for their existence, countries across the world have celebrated the festive period with markets for hundreds of years and with good reason. It’s a chance to get your hands on something a little bit different with independent retailers and craftsmen offering unique gifts you’re not likely to find on the high street and more often than not, it’s a savvy way to save pennies as well as support local businesses and tradespeople. With festive markets up and down the country each offering something a bit different it’s also a great excuse for a day trip and a change of scenery. But above all, Christmas markets have a whole lot more to offer than your average festive traipse around town wherever in the country you are. Carols, games, street food, and live entertainment all combine to create an experience to remember for all ages. This year, Nottinghamshire will once again play host to some of the country’s most vibrant, fun filled Christmas markets including the family favourite Winter Wonderland in the city centre’s Market Square. Visit www. experiencenottinghamshire.com for more information on the ones local to you. 109
Ripley   s Christmas Starts Here   Ripley Town Council event of the Ripley Christmas Lights Switch On this year is to be h...
Ripley’s Christmas Starts Here! Ripley Town Council event of the Ripley Christmas Lights Switch On this year is to be held on Saturday November 26th 2016 at 4.30pm on the Market Place, Ripley. This is a change from the usual Friday which it has been held on for many years and this year there are new Christmas Lights throughout the town and a Christmas tree with many coloured lights and Ripley’s Own Snowman on the Town Hall. Lots of entertainment for children, including free fun fair rides, meeting Father Christmas, Elsa from Frozen, Araura from Sleeping Beauty and Mr Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. There is a fancy dress competition for two groups i.e. up to 11 years and 11 to 14 years with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for both groups. The Brass Band will play Christmas Carols and everyone can join in the singing of the carols and Amber Sound 107.2fm will be broadcasting live from the Market Place. There is hot and cold food and drinks available. This is an extremely popular event and has many people attend. There will be shops open for Christmas shopping to kick start the run up to Christmas for 2016. Following this event on Sunday there will be the Michaelmas Market on Sunday November 27th 2016 10.00am till 4.00pm which has proved to be a brilliant market with lots of stalls selling various items and gifts for Christmas. There are craft stalls, gift ideas, food stalls with a chance to sample the produce. Street entertainers, fun fair, Punch & Judy and Carol singing round the Christmas tree. Many of the town shops will be open too and Free Parking will be available at the car park at the rear of the Town Hall on Cromford Road. CHRISTMAS MARKETS An Age Old Tradition ‘Christmas shopping’ is a phrase that fills a lot of us with an imminent sense of dread. Fighting your way past over enthusiastic bargain hunters and spending more time queueing for the checkout than anything else can leave even the most festive of shoppers sympathising with Scrooge but Christmas markets offer a more laid back take on the festive shopping season for an experience you might actually enjoy this time around. Dating back to medieval times, it’s a tradition that’s lasted through the ages and, despite the assumption that we have the Germans to thank for their existence, countries across the world have celebrated the festive period with markets for hundreds of years and with good reason. It’s a chance to get your hands on something a little bit different with independent retailers and craftsmen offering unique gifts you’re not likely to find on the high street and more often than not, it’s a savvy way to save pennies as well as support local businesses and tradespeople. With festive markets up and down the country each offering something a bit different it’s also a great excuse for a day trip and a change of scenery. But above all, Christmas markets have a whole lot more to offer than your average festive traipse around town wherever in the country you are. Carols, games, street food, and live entertainment all combine to create an experience to remember for all ages. This year, Nottinghamshire will once again play host to some of the country’s most vibrant, fun filled Christmas markets including the family favourite Winter Wonderland in the city centre’s Market Square. Visit www. experiencenottinghamshire.com for more information on the ones local to you. 109
Ripley   s Christmas Starts Here   Ripley Town Council event of the Ripley Christmas Lights Switch On this year is to be h...
CHRISTMAS MARKETS 111 Christmas Cracker Events Loughborough is the perfect place to get in the festive spirit this season with its impressive programme of Christmas Cracker Events inviting people from all over the country to celebrate the nation’s favourite time of year. Kicking off with the Christmas Light Switch On on 27th November, the 2016 Christmas season promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Taking place at 5pm, the annual event is expected to attract huge crowds to really mark the start of the festive period. From 15th December until 18th December, the place will be full with a variety of themed markets for the whole family to enjoy in the run up to the big day. A Farmers Market on 14th, Arts, Crafts and Flower Markets on 16th and 18th alongside the regular weekly markets on 15th and 17th bring festive shoppers of all ages together for a Christmas shopping experience with a difference. Traditional, themed decorations put the finishing touches to Loughborough’s Christmas season and an additional market being held on Friday 23rd December is perfect for any last minute shoppers. Visit www.charnwood.gov.uk to find out more information.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS  111  Christmas Cracker Events  Loughborough is the perfect place to get in the festive spirit this seas...
CHRISTMAS MARKETS 111 Christmas Cracker Events Loughborough is the perfect place to get in the festive spirit this season with its impressive programme of Christmas Cracker Events inviting people from all over the country to celebrate the nation’s favourite time of year. Kicking off with the Christmas Light Switch On on 27th November, the 2016 Christmas season promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Taking place at 5pm, the annual event is expected to attract huge crowds to really mark the start of the festive period. From 15th December until 18th December, the place will be full with a variety of themed markets for the whole family to enjoy in the run up to the big day. A Farmers Market on 14th, Arts, Crafts and Flower Markets on 16th and 18th alongside the regular weekly markets on 15th and 17th bring festive shoppers of all ages together for a Christmas shopping experience with a difference. Traditional, themed decorations put the finishing touches to Loughborough’s Christmas season and an additional market being held on Friday 23rd December is perfect for any last minute shoppers. Visit www.charnwood.gov.uk to find out more information.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS  111  Christmas Cracker Events  Loughborough is the perfect place to get in the festive spirit this seas...
CHRISTMAS MARKETS CHRISTMAS Roll Up, Roll Up Right in the heart of Bingham you will find a hidden gem in the form of the Buttercross Market Place. It is the home of the much loved Thursday Town Market and the ever popular monthly Farmers Market. These markets are a very important part of this vibrant town which was cited as the best place in the country to raise a family in 2013. Both are very popular with residents and those travelling from the outlying villages and beyond. Not only will customers be met with a warm welcome from traders they have known for years but they can usually find all their shopping in the town without facing the hustle and bustle of the city centre. 113 Christmas Gift Guide THIS COMING SEASON IS ALL ABOUT CREATING SPECIAL MOMENTS H&M Home has created items that will become treasured parts of your traditions and provide the perfect setting for new Christmas memories. This year, it’s all about blending contrasting materials, combining different colour ways and achieving a mix between the natural and glamorous. In the weeks before Christmas the market literally lights up with the Buttercross and a beautiful Christmas tree taking centre stage. This season mix wood and concrete with metals, or combine natural linens with sequins to create the perfect balance of unrefined elegance. New knit designs will add instant warmth to your home, with jacquards and crafted influences as key trends. H&M Home also introduces comfortable and sophisticated premium loungewear in a cashmere mix. During December, the Thursday Market will have local schools singing carols, a range of Christmas activities for children and a raffle to enjoy while mums and dads shop and grandma has a quiet cup of coffee at the onsite cafe. The Farmers Market, which is held every 3rd Saturday, will be offering fresh seasonal produce and its last market before Christmas will be Saturday 17th December between 9am – 1pm. If you haven’t been before pop down and have a look. If you would like more information about Bingham Town Market or Bingham Farmers Market please contact EMME Ltd on 07956631683 “ “ 112 Choose from soft socks, a dressing gown or a luxurious blanket for those cold winter evenings. The colour palette for the season includes coupling off-white shades with sparkling gold and antique silver, or pairing a palette of dark greys with deep ruby reds. A touch of black adds instant drama, with inspiration taken from the starry night sky. Minimalistic text and fonts on homeware offers a new take on art deco, while inspiration from the great outdoors shows through with the use of pine trees and wild animal designs. Tealight lantern in metal and glass with a handle at the top and an opening at the base £12.99 Jacquard-weave Cushion Cover £7.99 Shoulder Bag £14.99 Metallic-print Cushion Cover £6.99 Small Wooden Tealight Holder £4.99 Linen Dressing Gown £29.99 Woven Scarf £6.99
CHRISTMAS MARKETS  CHRISTMAS  Roll Up, Roll Up Right in the heart of Bingham you will find a hidden gem in the form of the...
CHRISTMAS MARKETS CHRISTMAS Roll Up, Roll Up Right in the heart of Bingham you will find a hidden gem in the form of the Buttercross Market Place. It is the home of the much loved Thursday Town Market and the ever popular monthly Farmers Market. These markets are a very important part of this vibrant town which was cited as the best place in the country to raise a family in 2013. Both are very popular with residents and those travelling from the outlying villages and beyond. Not only will customers be met with a warm welcome from traders they have known for years but they can usually find all their shopping in the town without facing the hustle and bustle of the city centre. 113 Christmas Gift Guide THIS COMING SEASON IS ALL ABOUT CREATING SPECIAL MOMENTS H&M Home has created items that will become treasured parts of your traditions and provide the perfect setting for new Christmas memories. This year, it’s all about blending contrasting materials, combining different colour ways and achieving a mix between the natural and glamorous. In the weeks before Christmas the market literally lights up with the Buttercross and a beautiful Christmas tree taking centre stage. This season mix wood and concrete with metals, or combine natural linens with sequins to create the perfect balance of unrefined elegance. New knit designs will add instant warmth to your home, with jacquards and crafted influences as key trends. H&M Home also introduces comfortable and sophisticated premium loungewear in a cashmere mix. During December, the Thursday Market will have local schools singing carols, a range of Christmas activities for children and a raffle to enjoy while mums and dads shop and grandma has a quiet cup of coffee at the onsite cafe. The Farmers Market, which is held every 3rd Saturday, will be offering fresh seasonal produce and its last market before Christmas will be Saturday 17th December between 9am – 1pm. If you haven’t been before pop down and have a look. If you would like more information about Bingham Town Market or Bingham Farmers Market please contact EMME Ltd on 07956631683 “ “ 112 Choose from soft socks, a dressing gown or a luxurious blanket for those cold winter evenings. The colour palette for the season includes coupling off-white shades with sparkling gold and antique silver, or pairing a palette of dark greys with deep ruby reds. A touch of black adds instant drama, with inspiration taken from the starry night sky. Minimalistic text and fonts on homeware offers a new take on art deco, while inspiration from the great outdoors shows through with the use of pine trees and wild animal designs. Tealight lantern in metal and glass with a handle at the top and an opening at the base £12.99 Jacquard-weave Cushion Cover £7.99 Shoulder Bag £14.99 Metallic-print Cushion Cover £6.99 Small Wooden Tealight Holder £4.99 Linen Dressing Gown £29.99 Woven Scarf £6.99
CHRISTMAS MARKETS  CHRISTMAS  Roll Up, Roll Up Right in the heart of Bingham you will find a hidden gem in the form of the...
115 A Rounded Experience T he Residence at the Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club has opened the doors to its brand new, onsite boutique hotel offering 18 beautifully appointed bedrooms ready to welcome both golf and leisure guests alike. Bill Mackenzie, Managing Director at The Nottinghamshire, said: “The Residence is part of an ongoing development programme at The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club which has seen the club invest heavily both on and off the course over the past three years, with the hotel completing the missing piece of the jigsaw.” The stylish bedrooms have been individually designed incorporating unique touches and bespoke furnishings to offer a luxurious stay in the beautiful surroundings of our two 18 hole golf courses. The opening of the Residence will make The Nottinghamshire the county’s only 36 hole golf & hotel complex. A true test of golf, the Championship course is set amongst a complex waterways system bringing water into play on 14 out of the 18 holes. The signature par 3, 14th hole highlights this challenge with those unfortunate enough to enter the hazard facing a walk to the county’s only island drop zone. Showcasing a new layout for 2016, the Signature course has been remodelled to offer a challenging 18 holes that complements the Championship course to provide a truly rounded experience for golfers of all abilities. The undulating greens and strategic hazards provide tests throughout the round culminating at the stunning par 5 island green finishing hole. Bill added: “We have been inundated with requests for accommodation from business, wedding and golfing customers alike for a number of years and have had to work in partnership with local hotels to be able to offer this. Now, with the development of The Residence, we can offer a more rounded experience to all our varying types of guests when they visit The Nottinghamshire.” Visitors to the complex located only 6 miles from the centre of Nottingham in 340 acres of rolling countryside can also enjoy a delicious meal in beautiful surroundings at The Lakeview Restaurant, offering a range of menus throughout the week from great value Lunchtime Specials, contemporary evening dining and our ever popular Sunday Carvery.
115  A Rounded Experience  T  he Residence at the Nottinghamshire Golf   Country Club has opened the doors to its brand ne...
115 A Rounded Experience T he Residence at the Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club has opened the doors to its brand new, onsite boutique hotel offering 18 beautifully appointed bedrooms ready to welcome both golf and leisure guests alike. Bill Mackenzie, Managing Director at The Nottinghamshire, said: “The Residence is part of an ongoing development programme at The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club which has seen the club invest heavily both on and off the course over the past three years, with the hotel completing the missing piece of the jigsaw.” The stylish bedrooms have been individually designed incorporating unique touches and bespoke furnishings to offer a luxurious stay in the beautiful surroundings of our two 18 hole golf courses. The opening of the Residence will make The Nottinghamshire the county’s only 36 hole golf & hotel complex. A true test of golf, the Championship course is set amongst a complex waterways system bringing water into play on 14 out of the 18 holes. The signature par 3, 14th hole highlights this challenge with those unfortunate enough to enter the hazard facing a walk to the county’s only island drop zone. Showcasing a new layout for 2016, the Signature course has been remodelled to offer a challenging 18 holes that complements the Championship course to provide a truly rounded experience for golfers of all abilities. The undulating greens and strategic hazards provide tests throughout the round culminating at the stunning par 5 island green finishing hole. Bill added: “We have been inundated with requests for accommodation from business, wedding and golfing customers alike for a number of years and have had to work in partnership with local hotels to be able to offer this. Now, with the development of The Residence, we can offer a more rounded experience to all our varying types of guests when they visit The Nottinghamshire.” Visitors to the complex located only 6 miles from the centre of Nottingham in 340 acres of rolling countryside can also enjoy a delicious meal in beautiful surroundings at The Lakeview Restaurant, offering a range of menus throughout the week from great value Lunchtime Specials, contemporary evening dining and our ever popular Sunday Carvery.
115  A Rounded Experience  T  he Residence at the Nottinghamshire Golf   Country Club has opened the doors to its brand ne...
116 117 Helping communities thrive The Renewal Trust are a community regeneration charity who work with the communities of St Ann’s, Sneinton and Mapperley in Nottingham City. Their aim is to help bring about social change through community support and by enabling access to a wide range of opportunities. They constantly seek new and innovative ways of working, while maintaining support through a variety of areas including employment outreach, creative projects, sports development, volunteering and DBS checks. Their fantastic sports facility, the Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre on Hungerhill Road, recently launched a new sports programme. The programme is designed to help and encourage people of all ages to be fit and healthy. The timetable offers a unique and innovative early years programme through Socatots and Tennis Tots, as well as Brazilian Soccer School and Junior Street Cricket for the older ones. For adults there’s No Strings Badminton, Back to Netball, Kung Fu and Over 50s Tennis. All the sessions are open to everyone and offered at affordable prices (the Over 50s Tennis is free!). The Renewal Trust produces, and is part of, a variety of different creative projects, working with some of the UK’s best known artists and arts organisations. In recent years working with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Dance4 to bring ballet to the young people of St Ann’s, Sneinton and Mapperley. This year saw them bring together music and dance for the first time in Nott Romeo and Juliet. The project, which took place earlier in the year, brought together a number of local community groups, including the Community Recording Studio in St Ann’s, to work with a group of young people to create an original piece of dance and music which was performed at the Theatre Royal Nottingham. Nottingham Then and Now The Nottingham Hidden History Team were originally formed in 1965 by its founding member Paul Nix, with the Team’s original aim being to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960s. The team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix in 2008 but in 2011 Joe Earp reformed the team after receiving a large history collection from the original group. Five years on the group now have a combined association of historians, archaeologists and folklorists who work together to preserve Nottingham’s history. Having worked as a Historical Advisor and written several articles for local publications, Joe has a wealth of experience in his field and is currently working on Victorian and Edwardian Nottingham Through Time for Amberley Publishing. The book explores Helping people back into work is high on the agenda for The Renewal Trust. Their dedicated Employment Officer works with the long-term unemployed, aged 29 and over, to help them get back into work, building confidence and self-esteem through personalised support and a range of job clubs. To ensure the right people are getting the right support they are currently undertaking a research project, in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, to help develop an understanding of the local unemployment situation and the challenges faced by the local community in getting back to work. The research will help inform the commissioning of future support. The jewel in The Renewal Trust’s crown locally is St Ann’s Allotments, the oldest and largest Victorian Gardens in the UK. The site is Grade 2* listed, a 72 acre haven which sits on the border of St Ann’s and Mapperley. The Renewal Trust, along with STAA who manage the site, have worked hard to make it the glorious space it is today. If you haven’t been to the Allotments before, they have regular open days and it is well worth the visit. If you would like to find out more about what they do contact them on 0115 911 2226, email enquiries@renewaltrust.org.uk or visit their website www.renewaltrust.org.uk Victorian and Edwardian Nottingham through ‘Now and Then’ photographs and will add to the series of books the team have already written, studying a side of Nottingham history which has not been looked at for a number of years. The great idea behind Amberley’s Thorough Time series is that readers can examine the locations in the old photographs and compare them to how they look today. The book will be out in February of 2017. Visit www.nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam. wordpress.com for more information.
116  117  Helping communities thrive The Renewal Trust are a community regeneration charity who work with the communities ...
116 117 Helping communities thrive The Renewal Trust are a community regeneration charity who work with the communities of St Ann’s, Sneinton and Mapperley in Nottingham City. Their aim is to help bring about social change through community support and by enabling access to a wide range of opportunities. They constantly seek new and innovative ways of working, while maintaining support through a variety of areas including employment outreach, creative projects, sports development, volunteering and DBS checks. Their fantastic sports facility, the Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre on Hungerhill Road, recently launched a new sports programme. The programme is designed to help and encourage people of all ages to be fit and healthy. The timetable offers a unique and innovative early years programme through Socatots and Tennis Tots, as well as Brazilian Soccer School and Junior Street Cricket for the older ones. For adults there’s No Strings Badminton, Back to Netball, Kung Fu and Over 50s Tennis. All the sessions are open to everyone and offered at affordable prices (the Over 50s Tennis is free!). The Renewal Trust produces, and is part of, a variety of different creative projects, working with some of the UK’s best known artists and arts organisations. In recent years working with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Dance4 to bring ballet to the young people of St Ann’s, Sneinton and Mapperley. This year saw them bring together music and dance for the first time in Nott Romeo and Juliet. The project, which took place earlier in the year, brought together a number of local community groups, including the Community Recording Studio in St Ann’s, to work with a group of young people to create an original piece of dance and music which was performed at the Theatre Royal Nottingham. Nottingham Then and Now The Nottingham Hidden History Team were originally formed in 1965 by its founding member Paul Nix, with the Team’s original aim being to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960s. The team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix in 2008 but in 2011 Joe Earp reformed the team after receiving a large history collection from the original group. Five years on the group now have a combined association of historians, archaeologists and folklorists who work together to preserve Nottingham’s history. Having worked as a Historical Advisor and written several articles for local publications, Joe has a wealth of experience in his field and is currently working on Victorian and Edwardian Nottingham Through Time for Amberley Publishing. The book explores Helping people back into work is high on the agenda for The Renewal Trust. Their dedicated Employment Officer works with the long-term unemployed, aged 29 and over, to help them get back into work, building confidence and self-esteem through personalised support and a range of job clubs. To ensure the right people are getting the right support they are currently undertaking a research project, in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, to help develop an understanding of the local unemployment situation and the challenges faced by the local community in getting back to work. The research will help inform the commissioning of future support. The jewel in The Renewal Trust’s crown locally is St Ann’s Allotments, the oldest and largest Victorian Gardens in the UK. The site is Grade 2* listed, a 72 acre haven which sits on the border of St Ann’s and Mapperley. The Renewal Trust, along with STAA who manage the site, have worked hard to make it the glorious space it is today. If you haven’t been to the Allotments before, they have regular open days and it is well worth the visit. If you would like to find out more about what they do contact them on 0115 911 2226, email enquiries@renewaltrust.org.uk or visit their website www.renewaltrust.org.uk Victorian and Edwardian Nottingham through ‘Now and Then’ photographs and will add to the series of books the team have already written, studying a side of Nottingham history which has not been looked at for a number of years. The great idea behind Amberley’s Thorough Time series is that readers can examine the locations in the old photographs and compare them to how they look today. The book will be out in February of 2017. Visit www.nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam. wordpress.com for more information.
116  117  Helping communities thrive The Renewal Trust are a community regeneration charity who work with the communities ...
TREETOPS HOSPICE CARE Helping you live after life-changing news If you’ve received life-changing news - whether it’s a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease or a heart or lung condition, or if you’re dealing with bereavement – Treetops Hospice Care is here to support you to continue living life. Our purpose-built Day Care Unit in Risley is a relaxed and friendly place to visit, set within 12.5 acres of countryside within easy reach of Derby and Nottingham. Our Hospice also offers a Hospice at Home service developed for patients who wish to be cared for at home, with a qualified team of nurses and health care assistants available day or night. For anyone who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, as well as their carers, family 119 and friends, we offer confidential, emotional support from diagnosis onwards and for any adults, children, young people and families who are dealing with a bereavement of any type, including unexpected deaths such as suicide or accidents, a range of Therapeutic Services are available. All of our services are provided free of charge. Forthcoming Events: • Get set for Christmas on Sunday 20 November at our family-friendly Christmas Market at the hospice from 10am to 2pm. £3 on the door (under 12s free) • Feel the Christmas spirit on Thursday 24 November at our Christmas concert with Trowell Ladies Choir and Chairo Di Canto. Tickets £5 from the hospice. • Dress up as Santa, an elf or even Rudolph and take part in the Festive Fun Run in Beeston on Saturday 26 November. Tickets available at treetopshospice.org.uk/funrun • Remember someone special at the Light up a Life ceremony on 4 December. Make a dedication at treetopshospice.org.uk/ lights Support your local hospice with fundraising Treetops Hospice Care needs to raise over £3 million each year to run the hospice. That’s about £7,500 a day. 70% of this comes from charitable donations and fundraising events. The support of local communities is hugely important and valued by Treetops. How you can help • Business Club - Sign up to our business club and show support for your local hospice, and do some ‘feel good’ business. Call Kathryn Box on the number below for details or visit treetopshospice.org.uk/ business-club • Leaving a gift in your Will helps to ensure that Treetops can continue providing care long into the future. Several local solicitors offer a discount for Treetops supporters. Call below for details. • Play the Treetops Lottery from just £1 per week and you could win up to £10,000! To join, call our Lottery team on 0115 939 9339. • We have shops in Beeston, Wollaton, Stapleford, Sandiacre, Ilkeston and Long Eaton – pop in to grab a bargain or visit our website to find your nearest shop • Treetops benefits from more than 600 loyal and hardworking volunteers who support all areas of the organisation. If you’re interested, call and ask for the volunteering team. We will be delighted to hear from you. Registered charity no. 519540 For advice and support call 0115 9491264 or visit www.treetopshospice.org.uk Treetops Hospice Care, Derby Road, Risley, DE72 3SS
TREETOPS HOSPICE CARE  Helping you live after life-changing news If you   ve received life-changing news - whether it   s ...
TREETOPS HOSPICE CARE Helping you live after life-changing news If you’ve received life-changing news - whether it’s a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease or a heart or lung condition, or if you’re dealing with bereavement – Treetops Hospice Care is here to support you to continue living life. Our purpose-built Day Care Unit in Risley is a relaxed and friendly place to visit, set within 12.5 acres of countryside within easy reach of Derby and Nottingham. Our Hospice also offers a Hospice at Home service developed for patients who wish to be cared for at home, with a qualified team of nurses and health care assistants available day or night. For anyone who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, as well as their carers, family 119 and friends, we offer confidential, emotional support from diagnosis onwards and for any adults, children, young people and families who are dealing with a bereavement of any type, including unexpected deaths such as suicide or accidents, a range of Therapeutic Services are available. All of our services are provided free of charge. Forthcoming Events: • Get set for Christmas on Sunday 20 November at our family-friendly Christmas Market at the hospice from 10am to 2pm. £3 on the door (under 12s free) • Feel the Christmas spirit on Thursday 24 November at our Christmas concert with Trowell Ladies Choir and Chairo Di Canto. Tickets £5 from the hospice. • Dress up as Santa, an elf or even Rudolph and take part in the Festive Fun Run in Beeston on Saturday 26 November. Tickets available at treetopshospice.org.uk/funrun • Remember someone special at the Light up a Life ceremony on 4 December. Make a dedication at treetopshospice.org.uk/ lights Support your local hospice with fundraising Treetops Hospice Care needs to raise over £3 million each year to run the hospice. That’s about £7,500 a day. 70% of this comes from charitable donations and fundraising events. The support of local communities is hugely important and valued by Treetops. How you can help • Business Club - Sign up to our business club and show support for your local hospice, and do some ‘feel good’ business. Call Kathryn Box on the number below for details or visit treetopshospice.org.uk/ business-club • Leaving a gift in your Will helps to ensure that Treetops can continue providing care long into the future. Several local solicitors offer a discount for Treetops supporters. Call below for details. • Play the Treetops Lottery from just £1 per week and you could win up to £10,000! To join, call our Lottery team on 0115 939 9339. • We have shops in Beeston, Wollaton, Stapleford, Sandiacre, Ilkeston and Long Eaton – pop in to grab a bargain or visit our website to find your nearest shop • Treetops benefits from more than 600 loyal and hardworking volunteers who support all areas of the organisation. If you’re interested, call and ask for the volunteering team. We will be delighted to hear from you. Registered charity no. 519540 For advice and support call 0115 9491264 or visit www.treetopshospice.org.uk Treetops Hospice Care, Derby Road, Risley, DE72 3SS
TREETOPS HOSPICE CARE  Helping you live after life-changing news If you   ve received life-changing news - whether it   s ...
EDUCATION & TRAINING A New Lease of Life at CORE By Beryl Webster In March, 2015 my husband died in the Nottingham City Hospital. I was devastated; we had been happily married for 62 years and I wondered how I could cope on my own after all that time. My son, David, came every day for a week to help sort out everything but he had to go back to work, and I felt absolutely useless. The worst thing about being left on your own is the loneliness and it wasn’t getting any easier. Many friends called and I have very good neighbours who came and stayed for a while and I had flowers, letters and cards but nothing can ease the pain or stop the tears when you lose someone you love. It was also the first time in my life I had lived on my own. In May, a friend of ours, Michael, who was the chairman of the trustees of The CORE Centre, called to see how I was and I said “If I don’t get out of here soon, I’ll end up in the madhouse”. He told me “On Monday morning, go to The CORE Centre in St Wilfrid’s Square and ask for Terri. She will interview you to be a volunteer worker at the Centre and explain what we do.” On the Monday I went and Terri and I had a long talk. I said I would ‘have a go’ and, as on that day only Terri and Sue were in the office, I was asked if I would like to stay and help. I said I would but, oh dear, I hadn’t brought my glasses and my hearing aid battery had run out! Anyway I coped, with help, when anyone came in. My days to work are Mondays and Wednesdays 9.00 till 1.00, but I have been doing more time with staff being on holiday and one lady who has been ill since Christmas, but for me it’s better than feeling lonely on my own. Over time I have learnt of all the courses that are available at CORE and there is something to suit everyone. We help people to fill in forms and provide all kinds of office services, including photocopying and faxing. Citizens Advice Bureau, Counselling Therapy, Family Solicitor, Job Club are all there to help everyone. For the more mature persons we also have chair aerobics and chair yoga which are well attended, along with educational and leisure courses. Our brochure is worth having a look at ... the list is endless! This year, with help from my colleagues, I organised a tabletop sale to raise funds for CORE and also a social evening with a singsong, food and drink. Groups of us have enjoyed being out to lunch together and also had fun at Epperstone Village Hall’s Quiz and Pudding Night. Two months ago I was voted onto the committee. So everything is happening and I don’t feel quite so lonely because of the friends I’ve made. You could do the same. Come through that door that gave me my life back ... I did it and I have no regrets. 121
EDUCATION   TRAINING  A New Lease of Life at CORE By Beryl Webster In March, 2015 my husband died in the Nottingham City H...
EDUCATION & TRAINING A New Lease of Life at CORE By Beryl Webster In March, 2015 my husband died in the Nottingham City Hospital. I was devastated; we had been happily married for 62 years and I wondered how I could cope on my own after all that time. My son, David, came every day for a week to help sort out everything but he had to go back to work, and I felt absolutely useless. The worst thing about being left on your own is the loneliness and it wasn’t getting any easier. Many friends called and I have very good neighbours who came and stayed for a while and I had flowers, letters and cards but nothing can ease the pain or stop the tears when you lose someone you love. It was also the first time in my life I had lived on my own. In May, a friend of ours, Michael, who was the chairman of the trustees of The CORE Centre, called to see how I was and I said “If I don’t get out of here soon, I’ll end up in the madhouse”. He told me “On Monday morning, go to The CORE Centre in St Wilfrid’s Square and ask for Terri. She will interview you to be a volunteer worker at the Centre and explain what we do.” On the Monday I went and Terri and I had a long talk. I said I would ‘have a go’ and, as on that day only Terri and Sue were in the office, I was asked if I would like to stay and help. I said I would but, oh dear, I hadn’t brought my glasses and my hearing aid battery had run out! Anyway I coped, with help, when anyone came in. My days to work are Mondays and Wednesdays 9.00 till 1.00, but I have been doing more time with staff being on holiday and one lady who has been ill since Christmas, but for me it’s better than feeling lonely on my own. Over time I have learnt of all the courses that are available at CORE and there is something to suit everyone. We help people to fill in forms and provide all kinds of office services, including photocopying and faxing. Citizens Advice Bureau, Counselling Therapy, Family Solicitor, Job Club are all there to help everyone. For the more mature persons we also have chair aerobics and chair yoga which are well attended, along with educational and leisure courses. Our brochure is worth having a look at ... the list is endless! This year, with help from my colleagues, I organised a tabletop sale to raise funds for CORE and also a social evening with a singsong, food and drink. Groups of us have enjoyed being out to lunch together and also had fun at Epperstone Village Hall’s Quiz and Pudding Night. Two months ago I was voted onto the committee. So everything is happening and I don’t feel quite so lonely because of the friends I’ve made. You could do the same. Come through that door that gave me my life back ... I did it and I have no regrets. 121
EDUCATION   TRAINING  A New Lease of Life at CORE By Beryl Webster In March, 2015 my husband died in the Nottingham City H...
122 EDUCATION EDUCATION Try Kumon’s two-week Free Trial now! At your local Kumon Beeston and Kumon Wollaton Park Study Centres, our aim is to develop students into confident, independent learners and to help them achieve their full potential. With nearly 60 years of experience, the Kumon Maths and English Programmes enable children to take on new challenges with confidence and to develop their study skills. We believe this opportunity to grow on both an academic and a personal level should be available to all children. This is why we are offering a Free Trial at our study centre. The Free Trial allows you to attend one of the study centres for two consecutive weeks, meet Happy Memories Southfields Childcare at Car Colston, Nottinghamshire, is a nursery in a location which is a dream for children and parents. A visit is enough to realise that happy children playing and learning in inspiring surroundings add up to a great choice for any child. With so much space and fresh air the nursery has everything to help stimulate and educate young minds. Established since 1999, and situated in a purpose built barn conversion at Old Hall Farm, the nursery has access to a fenced astro-turfed area to offer free play outdoors, together with a superb walled garden. We have access to a safe spinney in the adjacent field where we offer ‘WOODLAND SESSIONS’ one session per week by rotation. We use the rural environment to enhance the children’s learning: looking at the changes in the seasons, young animals, or wild-life and minibeasts. There is a vegetable garden for children to grow and tend their own produce. A big favourite of everyone is the outside mud kitchen! Permission to get grubby, busy and have fun! During the growing season, crops of lettuce, radishes, potatoes and herbs, all child waist high in raised beds, are lovingly cultivated from seed. For the after school children, there is equally enough to entertain and keep them busy or relax after a hard school day. It is easy to see why owner Mandy Beeby is so proud of her achievement in providing the pre-school / after school service. She said: “We have this marvellous location surrounded by woodland and fields. With our highly qualified staff (ratio of 1:4 for 2yr olds/1:6 for 3+), will offer your child a wonderful start in life.” Word of mouth is also an important part of being recommended as an establishment of quality and care. Mandy Beeby has received many messages of thanks from children and parents as they go on to further their education. “Leo has amazing memories and it gave him the best start” Mrs G (July ’16) “Thank you all for a wonderful few years at Southfields, we are so lucky to have had somewhere so caring, fun and stimulating to send our children. B and A will miss you, but see you over the holidays.” Mrs C (July ’16) “S and A have both loved their time at Southfields, it’s a very special environment and our children have been lucky to experience it.” Mrs Sh (July ’16) Situated in the rural village of Car Colston off the A46 to Newark , Southfields serves the surrounding villages with childcare from 2-5years in the pre-school and up to 9years in the Before/ After School or Holiday clubs 7.45am–6pm. Using the exceptional rural setting, they offer a stimulating environment covering all aspects of the new EYFS – PLUS Woodland sessions and Yoga on Wednesdays with a qualified teacher. All voucher schemes accepted Go and see them! You’ll LOVE it! Telephone: 01949 20123 | Email: southfields@rbeeby.co.uk www.southfieldschildcare.co.uk 123 the instructor and assistants and find out what your child can achieve through the Kumon Programmes. At Kumon we believe learning is always for the long run. The individualised maths and English programmes enable students to progress to an advanced level, at their own pace, ensuring they maximise their ability and begin to realise their potential. Our students develop lifelong study skills and a passion for learning, equipping them for a successful future in their dream job. Kumon Educational is the UK’s largest supplementary education provider, with over 70,000 students studying at more than 670 study centres. The Beeston and Wollaton Park study centres are offering a two-week Free Trial (14 days) for new students enrolling until Sunday 20 November. The Beeston Study Centre is located at Chilwell Road Methodist Church, with classes running on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, contact Instructor Kailash Dal on 0115 9193578. The Wollaton Park Study Centre is located at St Marys Church Hall, with classes running on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, contact Instructor Shruti Dogra on 0115 9811622.
122  EDUCATION  EDUCATION  Try Kumon   s two-week Free Trial now  At your local Kumon Beeston and Kumon Wollaton Park Stud...
122 EDUCATION EDUCATION Try Kumon’s two-week Free Trial now! At your local Kumon Beeston and Kumon Wollaton Park Study Centres, our aim is to develop students into confident, independent learners and to help them achieve their full potential. With nearly 60 years of experience, the Kumon Maths and English Programmes enable children to take on new challenges with confidence and to develop their study skills. We believe this opportunity to grow on both an academic and a personal level should be available to all children. This is why we are offering a Free Trial at our study centre. The Free Trial allows you to attend one of the study centres for two consecutive weeks, meet Happy Memories Southfields Childcare at Car Colston, Nottinghamshire, is a nursery in a location which is a dream for children and parents. A visit is enough to realise that happy children playing and learning in inspiring surroundings add up to a great choice for any child. With so much space and fresh air the nursery has everything to help stimulate and educate young minds. Established since 1999, and situated in a purpose built barn conversion at Old Hall Farm, the nursery has access to a fenced astro-turfed area to offer free play outdoors, together with a superb walled garden. We have access to a safe spinney in the adjacent field where we offer ‘WOODLAND SESSIONS’ one session per week by rotation. We use the rural environment to enhance the children’s learning: looking at the changes in the seasons, young animals, or wild-life and minibeasts. There is a vegetable garden for children to grow and tend their own produce. A big favourite of everyone is the outside mud kitchen! Permission to get grubby, busy and have fun! During the growing season, crops of lettuce, radishes, potatoes and herbs, all child waist high in raised beds, are lovingly cultivated from seed. For the after school children, there is equally enough to entertain and keep them busy or relax after a hard school day. It is easy to see why owner Mandy Beeby is so proud of her achievement in providing the pre-school / after school service. She said: “We have this marvellous location surrounded by woodland and fields. With our highly qualified staff (ratio of 1:4 for 2yr olds/1:6 for 3+), will offer your child a wonderful start in life.” Word of mouth is also an important part of being recommended as an establishment of quality and care. Mandy Beeby has received many messages of thanks from children and parents as they go on to further their education. “Leo has amazing memories and it gave him the best start” Mrs G (July ’16) “Thank you all for a wonderful few years at Southfields, we are so lucky to have had somewhere so caring, fun and stimulating to send our children. B and A will miss you, but see you over the holidays.” Mrs C (July ’16) “S and A have both loved their time at Southfields, it’s a very special environment and our children have been lucky to experience it.” Mrs Sh (July ’16) Situated in the rural village of Car Colston off the A46 to Newark , Southfields serves the surrounding villages with childcare from 2-5years in the pre-school and up to 9years in the Before/ After School or Holiday clubs 7.45am–6pm. Using the exceptional rural setting, they offer a stimulating environment covering all aspects of the new EYFS – PLUS Woodland sessions and Yoga on Wednesdays with a qualified teacher. All voucher schemes accepted Go and see them! You’ll LOVE it! Telephone: 01949 20123 | Email: southfields@rbeeby.co.uk www.southfieldschildcare.co.uk 123 the instructor and assistants and find out what your child can achieve through the Kumon Programmes. At Kumon we believe learning is always for the long run. The individualised maths and English programmes enable students to progress to an advanced level, at their own pace, ensuring they maximise their ability and begin to realise their potential. Our students develop lifelong study skills and a passion for learning, equipping them for a successful future in their dream job. Kumon Educational is the UK’s largest supplementary education provider, with over 70,000 students studying at more than 670 study centres. The Beeston and Wollaton Park study centres are offering a two-week Free Trial (14 days) for new students enrolling until Sunday 20 November. The Beeston Study Centre is located at Chilwell Road Methodist Church, with classes running on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, contact Instructor Kailash Dal on 0115 9193578. The Wollaton Park Study Centre is located at St Marys Church Hall, with classes running on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, contact Instructor Shruti Dogra on 0115 9811622.
122  EDUCATION  EDUCATION  Try Kumon   s two-week Free Trial now  At your local Kumon Beeston and Kumon Wollaton Park Stud...
124 EDUCATION EDUCATION 125 How to make your decision on Pre-school Outstanding reputation and excellent facilities Toot Hill College in Bingham is an inclusive, high-achieving college, which provides a wide range of A Level and BTEC courses. The college has an outstanding reputation for student achievement, securing a 100% pass-rate for the fourth consecutive year this summer. The vast majority of students secure a place at a university, apprenticeship or employment of their choosing. Toot Hill College offers excellent facilities with catering, social areas and lessons housed in a new, purpose-built facility. Head of College, Sarah Fox, said “The wide curriculum package offered means that every student has the best chance of developing their particular strengths. We also offer a broad enrichment programme including the National Citizen Service, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, World Challenge and many more. We have a strong mentoring programme and our pastoral care is a real strength.” The aims of the college are clear and simple – to provide a range of high-quality courses with opportunities for all students to extend their achievements and qualifications. Courses cover both academic and vocational pathways at a range of entry levels. An increasing number of students are moving to Toot Hill College from other schools to study A Level and BTEC courses. With an Ofsted grading of ‘Outstanding’ for teaching and learning, Toot Hill has so much to offer students. If you would like further information about Toot Hill College and a chance to view the facilities, we invite prospective students and their parents to attend our Open Evening on Tuesday 8 November from 6.30pm. A big decision for families with young children is where and if to send their child to preschool to help them to prepare for primary school when they are 4/5 years old. Grosvenor House Day nursery and Pre-school in Edwalton has had a surge of families coming to talk about their pre-school over the last few weeks. Owners Tony Pritchard and Nicola Wood know how important that decision is, Tony comments, “pre-schools are a fantastic opportunity to provide children with the opportunities to develop a thirst for learning. A good pre-school enables children to develop an array of skills including problem solving and creative thinking which are attributes that will be expanded once children start school. Nicola adds – “children learn so much from their environment as well as from well trained staff, or educators as we like to call them, however, children also learn so much from each other – their social skills, their ability to relate to others as well as learning the art of compromise and negotiation”. Key to any successful learning environment is surrounding children with people that inspire them and ignite that innate thirst for learning. The children of Grosvenor House Day Nursery were lucky enough to spend the day with famous author and illustrator Nick Sharratt who took the children on a storytelling adventure by mixing themes from his previous books along with new adventures created by the toddlers and pre-school children. A great pre-school should be able to tailor a day around the children’s interests and developmental needs, whilst not forgetting those spontaneous moments such as budding flowers in spring or a frost covered spiders web in winter. Jordan Ferns, one of the Early Years Professionals, points out “we provide an array of activities within our preschool ranging from French to Little Wickets and even yoga. They are all building blocks of experiences that help develop a child’s understanding of the world around them. Preparing them for their next big adventure – school!”
124  EDUCATION  EDUCATION  125  How to make your decision on Pre-school  Outstanding reputation and excellent facilities T...
124 EDUCATION EDUCATION 125 How to make your decision on Pre-school Outstanding reputation and excellent facilities Toot Hill College in Bingham is an inclusive, high-achieving college, which provides a wide range of A Level and BTEC courses. The college has an outstanding reputation for student achievement, securing a 100% pass-rate for the fourth consecutive year this summer. The vast majority of students secure a place at a university, apprenticeship or employment of their choosing. Toot Hill College offers excellent facilities with catering, social areas and lessons housed in a new, purpose-built facility. Head of College, Sarah Fox, said “The wide curriculum package offered means that every student has the best chance of developing their particular strengths. We also offer a broad enrichment programme including the National Citizen Service, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, World Challenge and many more. We have a strong mentoring programme and our pastoral care is a real strength.” The aims of the college are clear and simple – to provide a range of high-quality courses with opportunities for all students to extend their achievements and qualifications. Courses cover both academic and vocational pathways at a range of entry levels. An increasing number of students are moving to Toot Hill College from other schools to study A Level and BTEC courses. With an Ofsted grading of ‘Outstanding’ for teaching and learning, Toot Hill has so much to offer students. If you would like further information about Toot Hill College and a chance to view the facilities, we invite prospective students and their parents to attend our Open Evening on Tuesday 8 November from 6.30pm. A big decision for families with young children is where and if to send their child to preschool to help them to prepare for primary school when they are 4/5 years old. Grosvenor House Day nursery and Pre-school in Edwalton has had a surge of families coming to talk about their pre-school over the last few weeks. Owners Tony Pritchard and Nicola Wood know how important that decision is, Tony comments, “pre-schools are a fantastic opportunity to provide children with the opportunities to develop a thirst for learning. A good pre-school enables children to develop an array of skills including problem solving and creative thinking which are attributes that will be expanded once children start school. Nicola adds – “children learn so much from their environment as well as from well trained staff, or educators as we like to call them, however, children also learn so much from each other – their social skills, their ability to relate to others as well as learning the art of compromise and negotiation”. Key to any successful learning environment is surrounding children with people that inspire them and ignite that innate thirst for learning. The children of Grosvenor House Day Nursery were lucky enough to spend the day with famous author and illustrator Nick Sharratt who took the children on a storytelling adventure by mixing themes from his previous books along with new adventures created by the toddlers and pre-school children. A great pre-school should be able to tailor a day around the children’s interests and developmental needs, whilst not forgetting those spontaneous moments such as budding flowers in spring or a frost covered spiders web in winter. Jordan Ferns, one of the Early Years Professionals, points out “we provide an array of activities within our preschool ranging from French to Little Wickets and even yoga. They are all building blocks of experiences that help develop a child’s understanding of the world around them. Preparing them for their next big adventure – school!”
124  EDUCATION  EDUCATION  125  How to make your decision on Pre-school  Outstanding reputation and excellent facilities T...
HOME INTERIORS 126 127 A Masculine Makeover This bespoke made sign is a tongue in cheek nod towards the client’s love of Harry Potter and the masculine accessories in shades of black and grey compliment the monochromatic scheme Helen’s latest project was a complete interior makeover on a Victorian town house where she was tasked with creating a contemporary and masculine home that still maintained the property’s period features and characterful personality. “Originally the house was very dark so we took advantage of the high ceilings and large windows to create a light, bright feel throughout the house, painting the ceilings and wood work in classic white,” says Helen and incorporating a monochrome colour scheme with modern patterns and textures means she has been able to create the perfect masculine contrast to the bright interior. The original fireplaces have been updated with a design that incorporates more modern colours and shapes whilst still maintaining the classic focal points of both the lounge and dining room and the mixture of vintage and modern accessories further combines the traditional and contemporary styles the home owner wanted. Bold fabrics and cosy soft furnishings tie the whole theme together and create the homely feel a Victorian property should have. Non-intimidating interiors Having taken on her first makeover at just nine years old, it’s fair to say that Helen’s passion for interiors started at a very young age. Admittedly it may have been a questionable paint job on her own bedroom but decorating, sewing matching curtains and quilt covers and creating table top arrangements for the caravan she shared with her dad in Beeston were all things she experimented with before she reached double figures and her love of all things home (along with her abilities thankfully) has only grown over the years. There hasn’t been a house she’s lived in that she hasn’t stripped to its foundations and built back up again and the garage full of antique furniture speaks for itself but it was a life threatening illness that finally saw her put her talents into practice, opening an interiors boutique in Derbyshire back in 2011. After four successful years selling furniture, home accessories and making bespoke blinds, the lengthy commute saw Helen close the shop but her affection for interiors didn’t disappear along with it. Renovating houses, sourcing homeware and earning herself a reputation for hoarding fabrics are all things Helen has continued to do from home in the years since Home Boutique closed and things she carries through into her new role as an Interior Stylist. From start to finish makeovers to a simple mood board or single Roman blind, Helen’s styling service shuts down the expensive and time consuming interior design stereotype, offering clients the option to choose from as little or as much of her input as they need for a service they can truly tailor to their home. A workroom that makes all blinds, curtains and cushions by hand makes soft furnishings Helen’s speciality but sourcing accessories, furniture and other finishing touches are all additional parts of her role, as well as providing upholstery and fitting services for that all-important professional finish. Having studied Interior Design at the National Design Academy and with experience in upholstery and furniture upcycling, Helen is more than qualified for the job but it’s her natural eye for detail and ability to imagine the finished product that are the real driving force behind each and every project. “I love monochrome colour palettes and I’m influenced by Scandinavian interior design with plain, simple lines, wooden floors and snuggly textures to accessorise,” she comments and although she describes her own personal style as ‘sophisticated chic with a touch of luxury’, she’s experienced in working with a variety of client briefs and tastes in mind. With over 15 years of experience working in estate agency, dressing homes for sale is something else Helen applies her expertise to, helping owners to present the best possible version of their homes to prospective buyers. But whatever the job, it’s the love of interiors she’s had for as long as she can remember that helps her to create much more than an attractive house but a place you can be proud to call home. Visit www.theinteriorslady.co.uk or call 0780 1285672 for more information. Ted Baker geometric tiles The bold cushion covers offer a striking contrast to the plain furniture and are in keeping with the surrounding colours and shapes The old Victorian fireplace has been updated in monochrome tones for a contemporary, masculine feel The antique deer skull and antlers make the original chimney breast the focal point of the room, drawing attention to the Victorian property’s classic features The pendant light, soft furnishings and accessories tie in with the geometric theme of the room Finishing touches aren’t just for women. This mahogany scented candle and simple potted cactus prove that accessories can be manly too
HOME INTERIORS  126  127  A Masculine Makeover  This bespoke made sign is a tongue in cheek nod towards the client   s lov...
HOME INTERIORS 126 127 A Masculine Makeover This bespoke made sign is a tongue in cheek nod towards the client’s love of Harry Potter and the masculine accessories in shades of black and grey compliment the monochromatic scheme Helen’s latest project was a complete interior makeover on a Victorian town house where she was tasked with creating a contemporary and masculine home that still maintained the property’s period features and characterful personality. “Originally the house was very dark so we took advantage of the high ceilings and large windows to create a light, bright feel throughout the house, painting the ceilings and wood work in classic white,” says Helen and incorporating a monochrome colour scheme with modern patterns and textures means she has been able to create the perfect masculine contrast to the bright interior. The original fireplaces have been updated with a design that incorporates more modern colours and shapes whilst still maintaining the classic focal points of both the lounge and dining room and the mixture of vintage and modern accessories further combines the traditional and contemporary styles the home owner wanted. Bold fabrics and cosy soft furnishings tie the whole theme together and create the homely feel a Victorian property should have. Non-intimidating interiors Having taken on her first makeover at just nine years old, it’s fair to say that Helen’s passion for interiors started at a very young age. Admittedly it may have been a questionable paint job on her own bedroom but decorating, sewing matching curtains and quilt covers and creating table top arrangements for the caravan she shared with her dad in Beeston were all things she experimented with before she reached double figures and her love of all things home (along with her abilities thankfully) has only grown over the years. There hasn’t been a house she’s lived in that she hasn’t stripped to its foundations and built back up again and the garage full of antique furniture speaks for itself but it was a life threatening illness that finally saw her put her talents into practice, opening an interiors boutique in Derbyshire back in 2011. After four successful years selling furniture, home accessories and making bespoke blinds, the lengthy commute saw Helen close the shop but her affection for interiors didn’t disappear along with it. Renovating houses, sourcing homeware and earning herself a reputation for hoarding fabrics are all things Helen has continued to do from home in the years since Home Boutique closed and things she carries through into her new role as an Interior Stylist. From start to finish makeovers to a simple mood board or single Roman blind, Helen’s styling service shuts down the expensive and time consuming interior design stereotype, offering clients the option to choose from as little or as much of her input as they need for a service they can truly tailor to their home. A workroom that makes all blinds, curtains and cushions by hand makes soft furnishings Helen’s speciality but sourcing accessories, furniture and other finishing touches are all additional parts of her role, as well as providing upholstery and fitting services for that all-important professional finish. Having studied Interior Design at the National Design Academy and with experience in upholstery and furniture upcycling, Helen is more than qualified for the job but it’s her natural eye for detail and ability to imagine the finished product that are the real driving force behind each and every project. “I love monochrome colour palettes and I’m influenced by Scandinavian interior design with plain, simple lines, wooden floors and snuggly textures to accessorise,” she comments and although she describes her own personal style as ‘sophisticated chic with a touch of luxury’, she’s experienced in working with a variety of client briefs and tastes in mind. With over 15 years of experience working in estate agency, dressing homes for sale is something else Helen applies her expertise to, helping owners to present the best possible version of their homes to prospective buyers. But whatever the job, it’s the love of interiors she’s had for as long as she can remember that helps her to create much more than an attractive house but a place you can be proud to call home. Visit www.theinteriorslady.co.uk or call 0780 1285672 for more information. Ted Baker geometric tiles The bold cushion covers offer a striking contrast to the plain furniture and are in keeping with the surrounding colours and shapes The old Victorian fireplace has been updated in monochrome tones for a contemporary, masculine feel The antique deer skull and antlers make the original chimney breast the focal point of the room, drawing attention to the Victorian property’s classic features The pendant light, soft furnishings and accessories tie in with the geometric theme of the room Finishing touches aren’t just for women. This mahogany scented candle and simple potted cactus prove that accessories can be manly too
HOME INTERIORS  126  127  A Masculine Makeover  This bespoke made sign is a tongue in cheek nod towards the client   s lov...
HOME INTERIORS 129 Giving your bathroom the factor wow En-suite bathroom designs can provide a tricky challenge, with these typically small spaces requiring meticulous thought and planning. Effective use of space management is essential in order to create a functional and airy feel – but these days, there are also a host of exciting new design ideas making en-suites utterly enviable. Lisa Jepson, director at Willbond Bathrooms, shares her thoughts: Today most modern homes incorporate an ensuite, but they can often be tiny, windowless rooms with little character. So why not think a little “out of the box.” How about removing the partition wall between your bedroom and en-suite altogether – or, even more dramatically, replacing it with glass? This will provide more light and instantly create the illusion of a bigger space – and what a wow factor! Over the last few years, we’ve really seen the open plan ‘bed-bath combination’ increase in popularity. And frankly, today’s bathroom furniture is so sleek and stylish, why would you want to hide it behind boring old walls? With an increasing number of people overcoming their initial fears about leaks or misconceptions about the need for structural changes, wetrooms are becoming the norm for stylish and hassle-free contemporary showering. The sleekest wetroom look is achieved by matching your wall material with that of your floor. Tiles are the obvious choice - ceramic is ideal or alternatively mosaics, limestone and marble provide a breathtaking, more luxurious option. If you want a wet-room look, but your budget won’t stretch to tanking the walls and floor of your bathroom then use a low-profile shower tray in a composite material in a dark colour. This will still look super stylish. New Acrylic panels for the walls of showers instead of tiles are a clever, cost effective alternative to glass. These acrylic panels will add a beautiful splash of colour to any space and, because they look like glass, they ooze that expensive, classy look. On average installing wall panels could be up to 25% cheaper than installing labour intensive tiles. For more creative ideas or practical advice, visit Willbond Bathroom showroom at 265 Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, NG7 3FY. 0115 841 8855 or visit www.willbond.co.uk
HOME INTERIORS  129  Giving your bathroom the factor  wow  En-suite bathroom designs can provide a tricky challenge, with ...
HOME INTERIORS 129 Giving your bathroom the factor wow En-suite bathroom designs can provide a tricky challenge, with these typically small spaces requiring meticulous thought and planning. Effective use of space management is essential in order to create a functional and airy feel – but these days, there are also a host of exciting new design ideas making en-suites utterly enviable. Lisa Jepson, director at Willbond Bathrooms, shares her thoughts: Today most modern homes incorporate an ensuite, but they can often be tiny, windowless rooms with little character. So why not think a little “out of the box.” How about removing the partition wall between your bedroom and en-suite altogether – or, even more dramatically, replacing it with glass? This will provide more light and instantly create the illusion of a bigger space – and what a wow factor! Over the last few years, we’ve really seen the open plan ‘bed-bath combination’ increase in popularity. And frankly, today’s bathroom furniture is so sleek and stylish, why would you want to hide it behind boring old walls? With an increasing number of people overcoming their initial fears about leaks or misconceptions about the need for structural changes, wetrooms are becoming the norm for stylish and hassle-free contemporary showering. The sleekest wetroom look is achieved by matching your wall material with that of your floor. Tiles are the obvious choice - ceramic is ideal or alternatively mosaics, limestone and marble provide a breathtaking, more luxurious option. If you want a wet-room look, but your budget won’t stretch to tanking the walls and floor of your bathroom then use a low-profile shower tray in a composite material in a dark colour. This will still look super stylish. New Acrylic panels for the walls of showers instead of tiles are a clever, cost effective alternative to glass. These acrylic panels will add a beautiful splash of colour to any space and, because they look like glass, they ooze that expensive, classy look. On average installing wall panels could be up to 25% cheaper than installing labour intensive tiles. For more creative ideas or practical advice, visit Willbond Bathroom showroom at 265 Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, NG7 3FY. 0115 841 8855 or visit www.willbond.co.uk
HOME INTERIORS  129  Giving your bathroom the factor  wow  En-suite bathroom designs can provide a tricky challenge, with ...
130 HOME INTERIORS 131 Canvas Cushion Cover £3.99 Pinapple-shaped Glass Jar £7.99 For the finishing touch Moss-Knit Blanket £39.99 Cable-Knit Cushion Cover £19.99 H&M HOME COLLECTION Create a contemporary sense of calmness with the H&M Home collection for autumn 2016. Refresh and update your home with an edit of beautiful natural shades and washedout colours to give the feeling of tranquillity. Add ceramics and wooden decorations to create a handcrafted style. The collection is full of classic styles with humble elegance, including knitted cushion covers and throws, and charming geometric patterns inspired by Nordic folklore on rugs and tablecloths. Key pieces and trends: • Create instant warmth and comfort with cushion covers. The H&M Home autumn collection includes a variety of knitted designs Round Stone Box £6.99 Large Candlestick £7.99 in natural shades, from chunky cable-knit to shaggy looped yarns • Bring nature inside with pale wooden bowls and chopping boards, all with a handcrafted feeling Metal Photo Frame £9.99 Satin Cushion Cover £7.99 • Small-scale geometric prints and weaves are inspired by Nordic folklore. Contrast different cushion covers, or add depth to a room with a printed rug • The surprise use of concrete for interior products creates an urban look, with candlestick holders and bowls • Coloured glass vases and bottles come in dusty greens and grey blues, while ceramic plates and cups resemble vintage finds Small Candlestick £4.99 2 Pack Curtain Lengths £14.99 Scented Candle in Glass Holder £6.99 Soft cushion £7.99 Add some personality to your home
130  HOME INTERIORS  131  Canvas Cushion Cover   3.99 Pinapple-shaped Glass Jar   7.99  For the finishing touch  Moss-Knit...
130 HOME INTERIORS 131 Canvas Cushion Cover £3.99 Pinapple-shaped Glass Jar £7.99 For the finishing touch Moss-Knit Blanket £39.99 Cable-Knit Cushion Cover £19.99 H&M HOME COLLECTION Create a contemporary sense of calmness with the H&M Home collection for autumn 2016. Refresh and update your home with an edit of beautiful natural shades and washedout colours to give the feeling of tranquillity. Add ceramics and wooden decorations to create a handcrafted style. The collection is full of classic styles with humble elegance, including knitted cushion covers and throws, and charming geometric patterns inspired by Nordic folklore on rugs and tablecloths. Key pieces and trends: • Create instant warmth and comfort with cushion covers. The H&M Home autumn collection includes a variety of knitted designs Round Stone Box £6.99 Large Candlestick £7.99 in natural shades, from chunky cable-knit to shaggy looped yarns • Bring nature inside with pale wooden bowls and chopping boards, all with a handcrafted feeling Metal Photo Frame £9.99 Satin Cushion Cover £7.99 • Small-scale geometric prints and weaves are inspired by Nordic folklore. Contrast different cushion covers, or add depth to a room with a printed rug • The surprise use of concrete for interior products creates an urban look, with candlestick holders and bowls • Coloured glass vases and bottles come in dusty greens and grey blues, while ceramic plates and cups resemble vintage finds Small Candlestick £4.99 2 Pack Curtain Lengths £14.99 Scented Candle in Glass Holder £6.99 Soft cushion £7.99 Add some personality to your home
130  HOME INTERIORS  131  Canvas Cushion Cover   3.99 Pinapple-shaped Glass Jar   7.99  For the finishing touch  Moss-Knit...
PROPERTY 132 133 Jelson opens its doors to new homes in Hucknall The bustling town of Hucknall plays host to Jelson’s Hillcrest development which offers a variety of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes which start from as little as £129,950£194,950. Located off Beardall Street, this stylish development is the perfect place to call home for an abundance of purchasers. First-time buyers will love the prices and sleek apartment designs, whereas those looking for a larger home will enjoy seeing the semidetached and mews home choices, all of which come with allocated parking space. For first-time buyers, downsizers and singles, the apartments offer the very best in open-plan living. Their low maintenance design is ideal for busy professionals who want a comfortable base to call home and importantly which requires little upkeep. The internal specification includes either a one- or two- bedroom apartment choice with modern kitchen, lounge with French doors that lead out to a Juliette balcony, a generous bathroom, and some with en-suite to master bedroom. The attractive and family-friendly mews properties feature a large combined lounge/ diner with kitchen, three bedrooms, a family bathroom and en-suite to master bedroom. Meanwhile, the two- bedroom and threebedroom semi-detached home choices offer different internal layouts – the twobedroom design features a kitchen/diner and separate lounge area, whereas the three-bedroom property features a lounge/ diner and separate kitchen – depending on a personal preference and budget, visitors to the development will be spoilt for choice. Jackie Woodward, sales manager for Jelson Homes, comments: "Hucknall is a great commuter location for those wanting to climb the housing ladder. Our prices are competitive and with the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme, they come down even further, meaning that homes start from as little as £129,950. "We have a number of home builds complete and with more imminent, we are encouraging all prospective buyers to come along to the development and witness how their home-buying dreams for 2016 and 2017 can become a reality.”
PROPERTY  132  133  Jelson opens its doors to new homes in Hucknall  The bustling town of Hucknall plays host to Jelson   ...
PROPERTY 132 133 Jelson opens its doors to new homes in Hucknall The bustling town of Hucknall plays host to Jelson’s Hillcrest development which offers a variety of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes which start from as little as £129,950£194,950. Located off Beardall Street, this stylish development is the perfect place to call home for an abundance of purchasers. First-time buyers will love the prices and sleek apartment designs, whereas those looking for a larger home will enjoy seeing the semidetached and mews home choices, all of which come with allocated parking space. For first-time buyers, downsizers and singles, the apartments offer the very best in open-plan living. Their low maintenance design is ideal for busy professionals who want a comfortable base to call home and importantly which requires little upkeep. The internal specification includes either a one- or two- bedroom apartment choice with modern kitchen, lounge with French doors that lead out to a Juliette balcony, a generous bathroom, and some with en-suite to master bedroom. The attractive and family-friendly mews properties feature a large combined lounge/ diner with kitchen, three bedrooms, a family bathroom and en-suite to master bedroom. Meanwhile, the two- bedroom and threebedroom semi-detached home choices offer different internal layouts – the twobedroom design features a kitchen/diner and separate lounge area, whereas the three-bedroom property features a lounge/ diner and separate kitchen – depending on a personal preference and budget, visitors to the development will be spoilt for choice. Jackie Woodward, sales manager for Jelson Homes, comments: "Hucknall is a great commuter location for those wanting to climb the housing ladder. Our prices are competitive and with the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme, they come down even further, meaning that homes start from as little as £129,950. "We have a number of home builds complete and with more imminent, we are encouraging all prospective buyers to come along to the development and witness how their home-buying dreams for 2016 and 2017 can become a reality.”
PROPERTY  132  133  Jelson opens its doors to new homes in Hucknall  The bustling town of Hucknall plays host to Jelson   ...
PROPERTY 134 135 Luxurious show home impressing buyers at Regency Gardens Miller Homes Midlands continues to draw in the Nottinghamshire crowds following the recent unveiling of its prestigious show home in Southwell. The four-bedroom Harper style property at Regency Gardens gives the instant ‘wow’ factor with its spacious entrance hall and superb gallery landing. The 34-property development opened in June, with the new show home allowing more prospective buyers to picture life in this stunning location. Alastair Parsons, sales director at Miller Homes Midlands explains: “It’s been extremely busy at Regency Gardens since we officially launched a few months ago. In that time we have introduced a new sales adviser for the development, Serena Bishop, who recently secured her first property completion. “Southwell is one of the most desirable locations in Nottinghamshire and demand for quality housing has been understandably high. “The property market in Nottingham has really picked up over the past few years and we can’t wait to welcome yet more happy home buyers to Regency Gardens.” Also available at Regency Gardens is the twobedroom Burroughs style property. Available from just £227,500, this stylish, bright property is perfect for the first time buyer. Miller Homes has been awarded 5 stars for Customer Satisfaction in the Home Builders Federation (HBF) National New Home Customer Satisfaction Survey. For more information on Regency Gardens, call 03300 378 576 or visit the show home open Thurs – Mon 10am – 5pm. For further details on Miller Homes across the region, visit www.millerhomes.co.uk.
PROPERTY  134  135  Luxurious show home impressing buyers at Regency Gardens  Miller Homes Midlands continues to draw in t...
PROPERTY 134 135 Luxurious show home impressing buyers at Regency Gardens Miller Homes Midlands continues to draw in the Nottinghamshire crowds following the recent unveiling of its prestigious show home in Southwell. The four-bedroom Harper style property at Regency Gardens gives the instant ‘wow’ factor with its spacious entrance hall and superb gallery landing. The 34-property development opened in June, with the new show home allowing more prospective buyers to picture life in this stunning location. Alastair Parsons, sales director at Miller Homes Midlands explains: “It’s been extremely busy at Regency Gardens since we officially launched a few months ago. In that time we have introduced a new sales adviser for the development, Serena Bishop, who recently secured her first property completion. “Southwell is one of the most desirable locations in Nottinghamshire and demand for quality housing has been understandably high. “The property market in Nottingham has really picked up over the past few years and we can’t wait to welcome yet more happy home buyers to Regency Gardens.” Also available at Regency Gardens is the twobedroom Burroughs style property. Available from just £227,500, this stylish, bright property is perfect for the first time buyer. Miller Homes has been awarded 5 stars for Customer Satisfaction in the Home Builders Federation (HBF) National New Home Customer Satisfaction Survey. For more information on Regency Gardens, call 03300 378 576 or visit the show home open Thurs – Mon 10am – 5pm. For further details on Miller Homes across the region, visit www.millerhomes.co.uk.
PROPERTY  134  135  Luxurious show home impressing buyers at Regency Gardens  Miller Homes Midlands continues to draw in t...
136 PROPERTY PROPERTY In good hands Currently the doom and gloom merchants have had little to fret over with regards to any negative fallout in the Nottinghamshire property market post-Brexit. Numbers over the summer months have held steady and it may only be now, the Autumn, when we start to see any kind of impact, positive or negative. Historically, September/October sees a rise in interest in the property market, so no doubt the analysists will be going over this year’s figures with a fine toothcomb looking for any signs of a post-Brexit hangover. Nottinghamshire’s fortunes, however, are not being shared across the whole of the UK as Rightmove have gone on record saying that the average asking price for homes across England and Wales fell by more than £3,600 during August. Family-run Estate Agent, Rex Gooding, operating in the West Bridgford and Bingham areas, comments “It seems that the local marketplace is currently unaffected by outside forces as the level of demand from buyers is still high. Indeed the West Bridgford area in particular continues to attract would-be buyers and that’s allowed us to exceed asking prices, in some cases by as much as 10%. So if you have an appealing property and engage an experienced, local Agent, it’s our belief that the market is very much a buoyant one.” Daniel Gooding Talking of engaging the right Agent, just how exactly should you do that? Well, word of mouth and personal recommendation aside, there are independent sources that can help steer you. For instance, www.estateagent4me.co.uk, gather data from HM Land Registry on the performance of all local Agents and set it out in an easy to follow format, listing information such as asking price v sale price, average sale turnaround time and much more. Daniel Gooding, Residential Partner at Rex Gooding, comments “It’s always wise to shop around and engage an Agent you’re most comfortable with of course, but it’s not always easy if you don’t know the area or the industry. A site such as estateagent4me offers independent verification. I’m only glad that we register so high as we have, and continue to, achieve 99% of asking price v sale price and an average sale turnaround time of just 19 days.. something we’re very proud of.” An attractive and very well presented 3 bedroom semi detached 1930s built family home, situated in this popular and sought after location close to Trent College. The property has been carefully updated by the current owners whilst retaining many period features and also benefits from a secluded rear garden and off road parking. Other features include lounge with bay window and fireplace, re-fitted kitchen open plan to the dining room, sun room/office and re-fitted bathroom. Realistically priced to attract buyers in the strong purchasing positions - viewing strongly recommended. Call 0115 784 1106 or visit jfea.co.uk ENTRANCE HALL: 13’ 7” x 6’ 0” (4.14m x 1.83m) LOUNGE: 12’ 11” x 10’ 10” (3.94m x 3.3m) KITCHEN: 14’ 7” x 5’ 9” (4.44m x 1.75m) Open plan to dining room DINING ROOM: 13’ 10” x 10’ 10” (4.22m x 3.3m) CONSERVATORY: 6’ 0” x 10’ 10” (1.83m x 3.3m) FIRST FLOOR LANDING: 14’ 0” x 9’ 9” (4.27m x 2.97m) BEDROOM 2: 12’ 0” x 10’ 11” (3.66m x 3.33m) BEDROOM 3: 8’ 6” x 6’ 0” (2.59m x 1.83m) BATHROOM: 6’ 6” x 5’ 10” (1.98m x 1.78m) Plus shower GARDEN: Gated side access leading to secluded rear garden with two sheds. OUTSIDE: Driveway to the front providing off road parking. 88 Trowell Grove, Long Eaton Offers over £190,000 Jonathan Fox is an independently owned and run estate agency selling quality homes throughout Nottinghamshire since 1998. The team offer sound professional advice combined with outstanding, creative marketing that puts your property ahead of the competition. Your home will be advertised through the leading property portals such as Rightmove and OnTheMarket and you will be provided with all the essential support services to assist your move, such as mortgage advice, surveys, conveyancing and removals. (through their recommended partners.) Most importantly, the Jonathan Fox team really care about providing a bespoke, professional and friendly service that ensures you feel valued as a client and ultimately achieves the shared objective of achieving the best possible price for your property. 137
136  PROPERTY  PROPERTY  In good hands  Currently the doom and gloom merchants have had little to fret over with regards t...
136 PROPERTY PROPERTY In good hands Currently the doom and gloom merchants have had little to fret over with regards to any negative fallout in the Nottinghamshire property market post-Brexit. Numbers over the summer months have held steady and it may only be now, the Autumn, when we start to see any kind of impact, positive or negative. Historically, September/October sees a rise in interest in the property market, so no doubt the analysists will be going over this year’s figures with a fine toothcomb looking for any signs of a post-Brexit hangover. Nottinghamshire’s fortunes, however, are not being shared across the whole of the UK as Rightmove have gone on record saying that the average asking price for homes across England and Wales fell by more than £3,600 during August. Family-run Estate Agent, Rex Gooding, operating in the West Bridgford and Bingham areas, comments “It seems that the local marketplace is currently unaffected by outside forces as the level of demand from buyers is still high. Indeed the West Bridgford area in particular continues to attract would-be buyers and that’s allowed us to exceed asking prices, in some cases by as much as 10%. So if you have an appealing property and engage an experienced, local Agent, it’s our belief that the market is very much a buoyant one.” Daniel Gooding Talking of engaging the right Agent, just how exactly should you do that? Well, word of mouth and personal recommendation aside, there are independent sources that can help steer you. For instance, www.estateagent4me.co.uk, gather data from HM Land Registry on the performance of all local Agents and set it out in an easy to follow format, listing information such as asking price v sale price, average sale turnaround time and much more. Daniel Gooding, Residential Partner at Rex Gooding, comments “It’s always wise to shop around and engage an Agent you’re most comfortable with of course, but it’s not always easy if you don’t know the area or the industry. A site such as estateagent4me offers independent verification. I’m only glad that we register so high as we have, and continue to, achieve 99% of asking price v sale price and an average sale turnaround time of just 19 days.. something we’re very proud of.” An attractive and very well presented 3 bedroom semi detached 1930s built family home, situated in this popular and sought after location close to Trent College. The property has been carefully updated by the current owners whilst retaining many period features and also benefits from a secluded rear garden and off road parking. Other features include lounge with bay window and fireplace, re-fitted kitchen open plan to the dining room, sun room/office and re-fitted bathroom. Realistically priced to attract buyers in the strong purchasing positions - viewing strongly recommended. Call 0115 784 1106 or visit jfea.co.uk ENTRANCE HALL: 13’ 7” x 6’ 0” (4.14m x 1.83m) LOUNGE: 12’ 11” x 10’ 10” (3.94m x 3.3m) KITCHEN: 14’ 7” x 5’ 9” (4.44m x 1.75m) Open plan to dining room DINING ROOM: 13’ 10” x 10’ 10” (4.22m x 3.3m) CONSERVATORY: 6’ 0” x 10’ 10” (1.83m x 3.3m) FIRST FLOOR LANDING: 14’ 0” x 9’ 9” (4.27m x 2.97m) BEDROOM 2: 12’ 0” x 10’ 11” (3.66m x 3.33m) BEDROOM 3: 8’ 6” x 6’ 0” (2.59m x 1.83m) BATHROOM: 6’ 6” x 5’ 10” (1.98m x 1.78m) Plus shower GARDEN: Gated side access leading to secluded rear garden with two sheds. OUTSIDE: Driveway to the front providing off road parking. 88 Trowell Grove, Long Eaton Offers over £190,000 Jonathan Fox is an independently owned and run estate agency selling quality homes throughout Nottinghamshire since 1998. The team offer sound professional advice combined with outstanding, creative marketing that puts your property ahead of the competition. Your home will be advertised through the leading property portals such as Rightmove and OnTheMarket and you will be provided with all the essential support services to assist your move, such as mortgage advice, surveys, conveyancing and removals. (through their recommended partners.) Most importantly, the Jonathan Fox team really care about providing a bespoke, professional and friendly service that ensures you feel valued as a client and ultimately achieves the shared objective of achieving the best possible price for your property. 137
136  PROPERTY  PROPERTY  In good hands  Currently the doom and gloom merchants have had little to fret over with regards t...
PROPERTY 139 Brimming with style and quality Greendale Gardens, Watnall Road, Hucknall is an exciting small and select new development of just 23 two, three and four-bedroom homes from just £167,500 (with Help to Buy from £125,625) all with garage. These properties display the same attention to detail and quality that has led to industry awards and commendations for Oakdale sites across the East Midlands. With stunning kitchens, welcoming living spaces and finished to a superb specification, there is something for everyone. The Beech Plot 7 is a stylish and unique 2 bedroom Coach House perfect for those who like something different The Oak Plot 2 is the only 4 bedroom detached property on the development with two garages and featuring a sleek kitchen diner and an inviting master suite, complete with fitted wardrobes and an en suite shower room. The Maple Plots 5, 6, 8 and 9 offers 3 double bedrooms with an en suite to the master, and light, bright living areas with French doors to the rear garden. Halloween Home Buyers Event Weekend Oakdale will be holding a Home Buyers Event weekend on Saturday 29 October 11am to 7pm, and Sunday 30 October 11am to 5pm, where they will be offering free independent financial advice and fantastic deals including carpets and other incentives on selected plots, making it even more affordable to own a beautiful new Oakdale home. Visitors who attend the week-long event can enjoy Halloween treats with candy packs for children. Aside the event, the show home and marketing office is open every Friday to Tuesday between 11am to 5pm. For further information on availability, call Carolyn Upton at Greendale Gardens on 0115 963 2095 or email info@oakdalehomes.co.uk. For more details visit oakdalehomes.co.uk.
PROPERTY  139  Brimming with style and quality Greendale Gardens, Watnall Road, Hucknall is an exciting small and select n...
PROPERTY 139 Brimming with style and quality Greendale Gardens, Watnall Road, Hucknall is an exciting small and select new development of just 23 two, three and four-bedroom homes from just £167,500 (with Help to Buy from £125,625) all with garage. These properties display the same attention to detail and quality that has led to industry awards and commendations for Oakdale sites across the East Midlands. With stunning kitchens, welcoming living spaces and finished to a superb specification, there is something for everyone. The Beech Plot 7 is a stylish and unique 2 bedroom Coach House perfect for those who like something different The Oak Plot 2 is the only 4 bedroom detached property on the development with two garages and featuring a sleek kitchen diner and an inviting master suite, complete with fitted wardrobes and an en suite shower room. The Maple Plots 5, 6, 8 and 9 offers 3 double bedrooms with an en suite to the master, and light, bright living areas with French doors to the rear garden. Halloween Home Buyers Event Weekend Oakdale will be holding a Home Buyers Event weekend on Saturday 29 October 11am to 7pm, and Sunday 30 October 11am to 5pm, where they will be offering free independent financial advice and fantastic deals including carpets and other incentives on selected plots, making it even more affordable to own a beautiful new Oakdale home. Visitors who attend the week-long event can enjoy Halloween treats with candy packs for children. Aside the event, the show home and marketing office is open every Friday to Tuesday between 11am to 5pm. For further information on availability, call Carolyn Upton at Greendale Gardens on 0115 963 2095 or email info@oakdalehomes.co.uk. For more details visit oakdalehomes.co.uk.
PROPERTY  139  Brimming with style and quality Greendale Gardens, Watnall Road, Hucknall is an exciting small and select n...
Top Health Tips CARE 141 For the over 70s this Winter As winter approaches, the nights draw in and the days become colder. It becomes an effort to leave the house, what with the coats and hats and scarves. And that’s for all of us - not to mention that as we get older, our circulation isn’t quite what it used to be, so on go the extra thick socks and the gloves, thermals and boots too. Aside from the often cited perils of winter; the slippery ice, snowed in doorways and flash floods, there are some simple things you can do at home to ensure this winter is a safe and healthy one: 1. Eat properly It goes without saying that a healthy and balanced diet is key to feeling good. This becomes especially important for the elderly during winter, when the body requires more energy to stay warm and fight bugs. 2. Stay warm Turn up the heating, put on more layers, light the fire, rub a pair of sticks together… it doesn’t matter how you do it, just make sure you stay as toasty as possible. Colds and flu are far more prevalent in the cold winter weather, as well as more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. Many people also find that their rheumatoid arthritis becomes more painful in the cold. Good to know: If you were born before 5th January 1953, you are entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment of between £100 and £300 tax-free to help you pay your heating bills. 3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help If you or a loved one are finding the winter months challenging, whether it be due to achey joints, tiredness, being unable to get warm, or simply not feeling confident to leave the house alone to see friends and family, ask for some help. Help may come in the form of a family member popping in, or it may come in the form of some paid help. Promedica24 provide professional live-in companionship and care. The highly qualified and personality/ interest matched companion will help with everyday tasks such as cooking and cleaning, all the way through to more advanced needs, all at an affordable rate. For more information on Promedica24 companionship and care in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, please get in touch with Tony on 01636 314027 or visit www.promedica24. co.uk/lincolnshire
Top Health Tips CARE  141  For the over 70s this Winter As winter approaches, the nights draw in and the days become colde...
Top Health Tips CARE 141 For the over 70s this Winter As winter approaches, the nights draw in and the days become colder. It becomes an effort to leave the house, what with the coats and hats and scarves. And that’s for all of us - not to mention that as we get older, our circulation isn’t quite what it used to be, so on go the extra thick socks and the gloves, thermals and boots too. Aside from the often cited perils of winter; the slippery ice, snowed in doorways and flash floods, there are some simple things you can do at home to ensure this winter is a safe and healthy one: 1. Eat properly It goes without saying that a healthy and balanced diet is key to feeling good. This becomes especially important for the elderly during winter, when the body requires more energy to stay warm and fight bugs. 2. Stay warm Turn up the heating, put on more layers, light the fire, rub a pair of sticks together… it doesn’t matter how you do it, just make sure you stay as toasty as possible. Colds and flu are far more prevalent in the cold winter weather, as well as more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. Many people also find that their rheumatoid arthritis becomes more painful in the cold. Good to know: If you were born before 5th January 1953, you are entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment of between £100 and £300 tax-free to help you pay your heating bills. 3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help If you or a loved one are finding the winter months challenging, whether it be due to achey joints, tiredness, being unable to get warm, or simply not feeling confident to leave the house alone to see friends and family, ask for some help. Help may come in the form of a family member popping in, or it may come in the form of some paid help. Promedica24 provide professional live-in companionship and care. The highly qualified and personality/ interest matched companion will help with everyday tasks such as cooking and cleaning, all the way through to more advanced needs, all at an affordable rate. For more information on Promedica24 companionship and care in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, please get in touch with Tony on 01636 314027 or visit www.promedica24. co.uk/lincolnshire
Top Health Tips CARE  141  For the over 70s this Winter As winter approaches, the nights draw in and the days become colde...
142 CARE It starts at home Loneliness and isolation are growing problems for many people in Nottinghamshire with two fifths of older people reporting television as their main company. Click Nottingham and Click Homeshare are seeking to change this. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Click Homeshare is an innovative new service open to residents in and around Nottingham. Homesharing matches older people wanting practical support in the home and some companionship with a younger person looking for affordable accommodation. Homesharers are usually mature students or younger professionals who provide 10 hours of practical support each week to the Householder. In return, Householders offer a room in their home. “We offer an affordable option for people who would like to stay in their own home but need a little extra support with the day-to-day tasks like shopping or mowing the lawn,” says Homeshare Coordinator, Megan McFarlane. Homesharing also offers companionship and the sense of security of having a trusted person in the home overnight. Homesharing works all over the world and recognises people’s strengths, whether that’s welcoming someone into your home or sharing your skills. Click Homeshare carries out a thorough assessment process, including reference checks, so you can have confidence in a successful match. In addition, Click Nottingham is a membership organisation offering members an opportunity to meet new friends and keep active. We understand how important social connections are to our health and wellbeing and are focused on bringing people together. We offer a range of coffee mornings, activities and day trips. To find out if Click Nottingham or Click Homeshare are for you please call 0115 978 97846. More information about Click Nottingham can be found at www.clicknottingham.com.
142  CARE  It starts at home  Loneliness and isolation are growing problems for many people in Nottinghamshire with two fi...
142 CARE It starts at home Loneliness and isolation are growing problems for many people in Nottinghamshire with two fifths of older people reporting television as their main company. Click Nottingham and Click Homeshare are seeking to change this. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Click Homeshare is an innovative new service open to residents in and around Nottingham. Homesharing matches older people wanting practical support in the home and some companionship with a younger person looking for affordable accommodation. Homesharers are usually mature students or younger professionals who provide 10 hours of practical support each week to the Householder. In return, Householders offer a room in their home. “We offer an affordable option for people who would like to stay in their own home but need a little extra support with the day-to-day tasks like shopping or mowing the lawn,” says Homeshare Coordinator, Megan McFarlane. Homesharing also offers companionship and the sense of security of having a trusted person in the home overnight. Homesharing works all over the world and recognises people’s strengths, whether that’s welcoming someone into your home or sharing your skills. Click Homeshare carries out a thorough assessment process, including reference checks, so you can have confidence in a successful match. In addition, Click Nottingham is a membership organisation offering members an opportunity to meet new friends and keep active. We understand how important social connections are to our health and wellbeing and are focused on bringing people together. We offer a range of coffee mornings, activities and day trips. To find out if Click Nottingham or Click Homeshare are for you please call 0115 978 97846. More information about Click Nottingham can be found at www.clicknottingham.com.
142  CARE  It starts at home  Loneliness and isolation are growing problems for many people in Nottinghamshire with two fi...
144 CARE “ Home Is Where Our Hearts Are Abbeyfield’s residential home, Middleton house, brings a whole new meaning to the word companionship. With communal dining and a whole host of group activities as well as their very own weekly news letter edited by one of the residents, community really is at the centre of daily life for both the residents and staff. The light and cosy interior of the house located on Wollaton Hall Drive just minutes away from the famous hall and gardens, is enough to brighten even the greyest of British winter mornings and the residents’ photographs that decorate the walls “ give the house its personal touch. Each trained and dedicated member of staff from the volunteers that lend a hand once a week to the house manger Andrea, makes a special effort to spend time and get to know each “ You’ve always got company if you want it Nora It’s different for them to have their own independence - Kate (volunteer) give a really personal feel. The house even hosts birthday celebrations for each resident and sees visits from a nail technician and hairdresser each week, meaning Middleton House really is a home from home. But these aren’t the only things that “ and every one of the residents down to their meal time preferences and favourite evening read. But while community and “ companionship are undoubtedly at the very core of Middleton House, the staff also value the independence of their residents very highly. A number of individual care packages mean that anyone choosing to make the move can tailor it to meet their needs. Those For more information on making the move, call Andrea Filipowicz on 01159162908 or email a.filipowicz@abbeyfield.com “ It’s as if she’s coming to stay with me in my own home, it makes all the difference – Murial (about her daughter coming to stay) “ We are more of a family – Elizabeth “ who require round the clock care have access to the support they need whilst the freedom to go on outings and the privacy of a studio style apartment make Middleton House the perfect place for anyone who enjoys their own company. For those looking to spend time with others, game nights, film screenings and poetry workshops are just a few of the weekly events organised by staff and the residents themselves that help to build the special bonds between them. The house even offers accommodation for family members meaning the residents can share their new lives with the ones they love and the regular coffee mornings are the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family for a catch up over tea and biscuits. But above all, what stands out more than anything else is the feeling of home. Hearty and home cooked meals, staff that genuinely care and a good old friendly face whenever you need one are what make Middleton house so special.
144  CARE       Home Is Where Our Hearts Are  Abbeyfield   s residential home, Middleton house, brings a whole new meaning...
144 CARE “ Home Is Where Our Hearts Are Abbeyfield’s residential home, Middleton house, brings a whole new meaning to the word companionship. With communal dining and a whole host of group activities as well as their very own weekly news letter edited by one of the residents, community really is at the centre of daily life for both the residents and staff. The light and cosy interior of the house located on Wollaton Hall Drive just minutes away from the famous hall and gardens, is enough to brighten even the greyest of British winter mornings and the residents’ photographs that decorate the walls “ give the house its personal touch. Each trained and dedicated member of staff from the volunteers that lend a hand once a week to the house manger Andrea, makes a special effort to spend time and get to know each “ You’ve always got company if you want it Nora It’s different for them to have their own independence - Kate (volunteer) give a really personal feel. The house even hosts birthday celebrations for each resident and sees visits from a nail technician and hairdresser each week, meaning Middleton House really is a home from home. But these aren’t the only things that “ and every one of the residents down to their meal time preferences and favourite evening read. But while community and “ companionship are undoubtedly at the very core of Middleton House, the staff also value the independence of their residents very highly. A number of individual care packages mean that anyone choosing to make the move can tailor it to meet their needs. Those For more information on making the move, call Andrea Filipowicz on 01159162908 or email a.filipowicz@abbeyfield.com “ It’s as if she’s coming to stay with me in my own home, it makes all the difference – Murial (about her daughter coming to stay) “ We are more of a family – Elizabeth “ who require round the clock care have access to the support they need whilst the freedom to go on outings and the privacy of a studio style apartment make Middleton House the perfect place for anyone who enjoys their own company. For those looking to spend time with others, game nights, film screenings and poetry workshops are just a few of the weekly events organised by staff and the residents themselves that help to build the special bonds between them. The house even offers accommodation for family members meaning the residents can share their new lives with the ones they love and the regular coffee mornings are the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family for a catch up over tea and biscuits. But above all, what stands out more than anything else is the feeling of home. Hearty and home cooked meals, staff that genuinely care and a good old friendly face whenever you need one are what make Middleton house so special.
144  CARE       Home Is Where Our Hearts Are  Abbeyfield   s residential home, Middleton house, brings a whole new meaning...
CARE 146 Dignified And Dutiful Dementia Care At The Grand As one of the UK’s fastest growing care home operators, New Care continues to stride ahead in its exceptional clinical offering at The Grand in West Bridgford. With regards to dementia care, The Grand excel in not only providing superb medical care to clients affected by dementia, but also in its provision of support for the relatives of these residents. The Grand ensure excellent person-centred care is at the heart of all it does, but they also advocate relationshipcentred care, helping family and friends come to terms with, and understand dementia better. Recently appointed Dementia Care Lead at The Grand is Kad Daffe, a highly experienced individual who has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years. Kad will be responsible for managing and overseeing the team who care for residents with dementia at The Grand, and the provision of its specialist dementia care services. From forensic investigation to support work and rehabilitation, Kad boasts a wealth of experience and knowledge in this field. He is passionate about helping people living with dementia, and continually strives to have a better understanding of how to treat and care for those with the illness. In his new role, Kad will introduce progressive ways to care for and treat clients with dementia, ensuring an individual approach to each and every resident. He also wants to raise awareness of dementia, not only at The Grand but also within the locality. He hopes to develop partnerships and links in the local community whilst at the same time, enhancing the profile of, and highlighting the specialist dementia care services offered at The Grand. His appointment coincides with the opening of The Grand’s final six beds on the floor dedicated to caring for those residents with dementia. Kad comments: “I am thrilled to be joining such a caring, passionate and professional team at The Grand; a number of whom have been recognised for their dignified and dutiful care of clients with dementia. “Having experienced first-hand a loved one live with dementia, I am committed to caring for clients with this mental health condition and will continue to learn more about dementia and how best to treat it. In doing so, I hope to make the lives of our residents with dementia that bit better, as well as positively address mental health within the care home and in the local community.” In addition to its clinical care offering for clients with dementia, The Grand boasts a considered, innovative and stimulating daily activities timetable, which when combined, really make a difference to the quality of life of its residents. The Grand’s visionary approach to caring for and treating clients with mental health issues is certainly attracting the right kind of attention with the care home recently receiving a visit from Tom Denning, Professor of Dementia Research at Nottingham University. Tom was keen to showcase a modern dementia facility in the UK to Dr Teo, an academic over from Singapore. From attending conferences and even speaking at events on the topic of dementia, New Care as a company regularly demonstrates its desire to learn more about the clinical advances in this field, and as such, is connected to a number of highly regarded academics. From L to R - Emily Prescott, Dr Teo from Singapore and Tom Denning, Professor of Dementia Research at Nottingham University The Grand, Greythorn Drive, West Bridgford NG2 7GG Tel: 0115 828 4099 | Website: www.newcarehomes.com
CARE  146  Dignified And Dutiful  Dementia Care At The Grand As one of the UK   s fastest growing care home operators, New...
CARE 146 Dignified And Dutiful Dementia Care At The Grand As one of the UK’s fastest growing care home operators, New Care continues to stride ahead in its exceptional clinical offering at The Grand in West Bridgford. With regards to dementia care, The Grand excel in not only providing superb medical care to clients affected by dementia, but also in its provision of support for the relatives of these residents. The Grand ensure excellent person-centred care is at the heart of all it does, but they also advocate relationshipcentred care, helping family and friends come to terms with, and understand dementia better. Recently appointed Dementia Care Lead at The Grand is Kad Daffe, a highly experienced individual who has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years. Kad will be responsible for managing and overseeing the team who care for residents with dementia at The Grand, and the provision of its specialist dementia care services. From forensic investigation to support work and rehabilitation, Kad boasts a wealth of experience and knowledge in this field. He is passionate about helping people living with dementia, and continually strives to have a better understanding of how to treat and care for those with the illness. In his new role, Kad will introduce progressive ways to care for and treat clients with dementia, ensuring an individual approach to each and every resident. He also wants to raise awareness of dementia, not only at The Grand but also within the locality. He hopes to develop partnerships and links in the local community whilst at the same time, enhancing the profile of, and highlighting the specialist dementia care services offered at The Grand. His appointment coincides with the opening of The Grand’s final six beds on the floor dedicated to caring for those residents with dementia. Kad comments: “I am thrilled to be joining such a caring, passionate and professional team at The Grand; a number of whom have been recognised for their dignified and dutiful care of clients with dementia. “Having experienced first-hand a loved one live with dementia, I am committed to caring for clients with this mental health condition and will continue to learn more about dementia and how best to treat it. In doing so, I hope to make the lives of our residents with dementia that bit better, as well as positively address mental health within the care home and in the local community.” In addition to its clinical care offering for clients with dementia, The Grand boasts a considered, innovative and stimulating daily activities timetable, which when combined, really make a difference to the quality of life of its residents. The Grand’s visionary approach to caring for and treating clients with mental health issues is certainly attracting the right kind of attention with the care home recently receiving a visit from Tom Denning, Professor of Dementia Research at Nottingham University. Tom was keen to showcase a modern dementia facility in the UK to Dr Teo, an academic over from Singapore. From attending conferences and even speaking at events on the topic of dementia, New Care as a company regularly demonstrates its desire to learn more about the clinical advances in this field, and as such, is connected to a number of highly regarded academics. From L to R - Emily Prescott, Dr Teo from Singapore and Tom Denning, Professor of Dementia Research at Nottingham University The Grand, Greythorn Drive, West Bridgford NG2 7GG Tel: 0115 828 4099 | Website: www.newcarehomes.com
CARE  146  Dignified And Dutiful  Dementia Care At The Grand As one of the UK   s fastest growing care home operators, New...
CARE Bringing the Local Community Together 149 How well do you know your neighbours and people in your local community? With everyone’s lives already full to bursting, many just don’t have the time to get to know those who live nearby. What a totally different world we live in compared to a few years ago when front doors were left open and the village hall was the hub of the local community. Residents at Coppice Lodge residential and dementia care home in Arnold remember these idyllic times and are trying to recreate them by introducing ‘Social Saturday’ events and inviting the community along. Coppice Lodge residents invite their families, friends and locals to their home every Saturday from 2pm-4pm to enjoy social engagement and create some new friendships. The home has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme and was officially reopened in May by the Mayor of Gedling. Since the grand reopening, residents are making good use of the impressive new café area which offers fresh coffee alongside home-made cakes. During ‘Social Saturday’ events, residents and guests enjoy good conversation, entertainment and maybe even a dance and sing-along. Altogether, the events are helping to reignite the community spirit and bring us all back together. Care homes such as Coppice Lodge are leading the way with a new look for residential care, by welcoming the local community to their home and ensuring that residents maintain an active social life. The home has regular ‘pub quiz’ evenings, pop up restaurants, reminiscence sessions, trips out and most recently residents have been given the opportunity to join a five week sensory garden art course. Why not join in with the revolution – come along and join Coppice Lodge for a ‘Social Saturday’ and get to know your local community once again. Coppice Lodge is located on Coppice Road in Arnold and hosts ‘Social Saturday’ events every Saturday between 2pm and 4pm.
CARE  Bringing the Local Community Together  149 How well do you know your neighbours and people in your local community  ...
CARE Bringing the Local Community Together 149 How well do you know your neighbours and people in your local community? With everyone’s lives already full to bursting, many just don’t have the time to get to know those who live nearby. What a totally different world we live in compared to a few years ago when front doors were left open and the village hall was the hub of the local community. Residents at Coppice Lodge residential and dementia care home in Arnold remember these idyllic times and are trying to recreate them by introducing ‘Social Saturday’ events and inviting the community along. Coppice Lodge residents invite their families, friends and locals to their home every Saturday from 2pm-4pm to enjoy social engagement and create some new friendships. The home has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme and was officially reopened in May by the Mayor of Gedling. Since the grand reopening, residents are making good use of the impressive new café area which offers fresh coffee alongside home-made cakes. During ‘Social Saturday’ events, residents and guests enjoy good conversation, entertainment and maybe even a dance and sing-along. Altogether, the events are helping to reignite the community spirit and bring us all back together. Care homes such as Coppice Lodge are leading the way with a new look for residential care, by welcoming the local community to their home and ensuring that residents maintain an active social life. The home has regular ‘pub quiz’ evenings, pop up restaurants, reminiscence sessions, trips out and most recently residents have been given the opportunity to join a five week sensory garden art course. Why not join in with the revolution – come along and join Coppice Lodge for a ‘Social Saturday’ and get to know your local community once again. Coppice Lodge is located on Coppice Road in Arnold and hosts ‘Social Saturday’ events every Saturday between 2pm and 4pm.
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CARE 153 It’s never too late to QUIT Smoking damages the lining of your blood vessels, leading to the accumulation of fatty material, which can narrow the arteries and eventually cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke. Recent research shows that around 21% of UK adults still smoke. Over 81,000 deaths in the UK are caused by smoking each year and a large proportion of these are linked with heart disease as smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked. But it’s not too late to quit. Did you know that quitting smoking now can help to reverse the damage and help safeguard your heart health for the future? You’ll be surprised how quickly your heath can improve. Could you try to be tobacco free for just one day? Why not give it a go - you might be surprised how it easy it is! S– Stress less: Why not take a brisk walk around the block, do a bit of housework or take up a new hobby? M – Money: You’ll be amazed how much you actually spend on cigarettes and what you will save. O – Others benefit: If parents smoke children are more likely to pick up the bad habit too. Think about the impact of your smoking on others. K – Keep fit: Swap that nicotine fix The Facts • The smoking rate across the East Midlands has fallen by 1.7% over the past four years – now less than a fifth (18%) of adults in the East Midlands smoke. • Decreasing numbers of smokers across the East Midlands is also mirrored across the country, with the national smoking rate now down to 16.9% of all adults in England, and sales of cigarettes plummeting by 20% in the past two years, according to the latest data from market research experts Nielsen. • Last year, out of the 2.5 million smokers who made a quit attempt, 500,000 people (20%) were successful - the highest recorded success rate and up from just 13.6% six years ago. This increase in successful stop smoking attempts reflects the high number of people using quitting aids across England. In 2015, just over a million people (1,027,000) used an e-cigarette in a quit attempt while around 700,000 used a licensed nicotine replacement product such as patches or gum. • People who get help and support from a local stop smoking service are four times more likely to quit than those who go it alone. In 2015-16, more than 15,000 (15,846) people in the East Midlands used their local stop smoking service to help quit for good. for a hit of endorphins, moodboosting hormones released when you exercise. E – Eat healthy: With more sensitive taste buds and sense of smell, try out new foods and cook yourself a hearth healthy meal, packed with antioxidants - you may discover a liking for new foods and flavours. Quitting smoking is one of the most important steps you can make to protect the health of your heart. Why not make preparations to stop now? For more advice to help quit smoking, go to www.nhs.uk/ smokefree.com
CARE  153  It   s never too late to QUIT Smoking damages the lining of your blood vessels, leading to the accumulation of ...
CARE 153 It’s never too late to QUIT Smoking damages the lining of your blood vessels, leading to the accumulation of fatty material, which can narrow the arteries and eventually cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke. Recent research shows that around 21% of UK adults still smoke. Over 81,000 deaths in the UK are caused by smoking each year and a large proportion of these are linked with heart disease as smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked. But it’s not too late to quit. Did you know that quitting smoking now can help to reverse the damage and help safeguard your heart health for the future? You’ll be surprised how quickly your heath can improve. Could you try to be tobacco free for just one day? Why not give it a go - you might be surprised how it easy it is! S– Stress less: Why not take a brisk walk around the block, do a bit of housework or take up a new hobby? M – Money: You’ll be amazed how much you actually spend on cigarettes and what you will save. O – Others benefit: If parents smoke children are more likely to pick up the bad habit too. Think about the impact of your smoking on others. K – Keep fit: Swap that nicotine fix The Facts • The smoking rate across the East Midlands has fallen by 1.7% over the past four years – now less than a fifth (18%) of adults in the East Midlands smoke. • Decreasing numbers of smokers across the East Midlands is also mirrored across the country, with the national smoking rate now down to 16.9% of all adults in England, and sales of cigarettes plummeting by 20% in the past two years, according to the latest data from market research experts Nielsen. • Last year, out of the 2.5 million smokers who made a quit attempt, 500,000 people (20%) were successful - the highest recorded success rate and up from just 13.6% six years ago. This increase in successful stop smoking attempts reflects the high number of people using quitting aids across England. In 2015, just over a million people (1,027,000) used an e-cigarette in a quit attempt while around 700,000 used a licensed nicotine replacement product such as patches or gum. • People who get help and support from a local stop smoking service are four times more likely to quit than those who go it alone. In 2015-16, more than 15,000 (15,846) people in the East Midlands used their local stop smoking service to help quit for good. for a hit of endorphins, moodboosting hormones released when you exercise. E – Eat healthy: With more sensitive taste buds and sense of smell, try out new foods and cook yourself a hearth healthy meal, packed with antioxidants - you may discover a liking for new foods and flavours. Quitting smoking is one of the most important steps you can make to protect the health of your heart. Why not make preparations to stop now? For more advice to help quit smoking, go to www.nhs.uk/ smokefree.com
CARE  153  It   s never too late to QUIT Smoking damages the lining of your blood vessels, leading to the accumulation of ...
154 CARE A SPECIAL DEDICATION Heritage Wood offers a truly unique opportunity to cherish and remember a loved one, a memory or to celebrate an occasion, in a stunning woodland setting. Dedicating and sponsoring a tree from a young sapling and seeing it grow into a beautiful majestic tree is not only the perfect way to mark a variety of occasions and lifetime events, but also something sponsors can feel justifiably proud of. With every tree planted, you are providing homes for wildlife and contributing towards a greener Britain. Beside your tree will be a plaque, on which your own personal words will be added. For those sponsoring their tree as a dedication to a lost loved one, ashes may be buried beneath the tree. For a small additional charge Heritage Wood will prepare a hole to receive the ashes. With advance notice, this can be arranged for any day of the week. A spade will be left beside your tree for you to return the earth once the ashes have been placed in the hole, allowing you to perform this extremely personal occasion in your own time and in your own way. For more information. please visit www.heritage-wood.co.uk or call 01335 360488.
154  CARE  A SPECIAL DEDICATION  Heritage Wood offers a truly unique opportunity to cherish and remember a loved one, a me...
154 CARE A SPECIAL DEDICATION Heritage Wood offers a truly unique opportunity to cherish and remember a loved one, a memory or to celebrate an occasion, in a stunning woodland setting. Dedicating and sponsoring a tree from a young sapling and seeing it grow into a beautiful majestic tree is not only the perfect way to mark a variety of occasions and lifetime events, but also something sponsors can feel justifiably proud of. With every tree planted, you are providing homes for wildlife and contributing towards a greener Britain. Beside your tree will be a plaque, on which your own personal words will be added. For those sponsoring their tree as a dedication to a lost loved one, ashes may be buried beneath the tree. For a small additional charge Heritage Wood will prepare a hole to receive the ashes. With advance notice, this can be arranged for any day of the week. A spade will be left beside your tree for you to return the earth once the ashes have been placed in the hole, allowing you to perform this extremely personal occasion in your own time and in your own way. For more information. please visit www.heritage-wood.co.uk or call 01335 360488.
154  CARE  A SPECIAL DEDICATION  Heritage Wood offers a truly unique opportunity to cherish and remember a loved one, a me...
MOTORING 156 Rear view ... KA+ from behind Plus size ... new spacious interior Gimme 5 ... more doors means increased practicality with new Ford model Steer we go ... enhanced performance Developed to deliver Remember when the Ford Ka launched in the 90s? It was like, ‘Ooh, what’s this new street car all about?’ The model was noted for edgy design and lauded for ease of handling. But was hardly renowned for being spacious. No surprise, for a 3-door hatchback. Say hello, then, to the all new Ford Ka+. The 5-door hatchback is based on Ford’s global small-car platform, and offers generous space for five people at an overall length of less than 4 metres. Slightly shorter than the Fiesta, but 29 millimetres taller, the spacious interior delivers enough room for a 2 metre tall passenger to sit behind a 2 metre tall driver. The dinky motor boasts 270 litres of luggage space – enough to accommodate two large suitcases – plus 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and 21 stowage locations for small items throughout the cabin. You can store, mount and charge mobile devices and the front door bins can each hold a 1.0-litre bottle, a 0.6-litre bottle and a small umbrella. A hidden stowage bin within the end of the instrument panel is only accessible when the driver’s door is open, meaning valuables can be hidden out of sight. The compact car delivers outstanding interior space, excellent fuel efficiency and fun-todrive dynamics for customers in Europe at a value-for-money price. The 1.2-litre engine offers a smooth and responsive performance, with a broad spread of torque that makes the car easy and fun to drive in both city motoring and on longer journeys. This latest model has been developed to deliver agile, fun-to-drive dynamics, and features a unique chassis with specially developed features including springs and dampers, rear torsion beam axle, brake pads and tyres, and a re-engineered front sub-frame. This results in lighter steering at low speeds and more feedback at higher speeds to make city centres easier to negotiate and country road driving more rewarding. The body structure also has been extensively developed to meet European safety standards, with more than 8,000 hours of computeraided crash simulation undertaken alongside a comprehensive crash test programme to ensure impact performance and pedestrian protection. To enhance crash performance, nearly 50 per cent is constructed from high-strength steels, including the floor, front and rear chassis rails, window pillars, front bumper beam and passenger door beams. A range of measures – such as improved door seals, rear suspension brushes and ‘antibuffeting door fins’ - have been taken to minimise wind noise, road noise and powertrain noise levels, so you can enjoy your favourite tunes, a chat with the family or simply some peace and quiet on your own. “Choosing a compact car should not mean having to compromise,” said Darren Palmer, small car vehicle line director, Ford of Europe. “Our all-new KA+ lives up to the high standards set by our Ford Fiesta, B-MAX and EcoSport compact cars by delivering the style, space, advanced technology and refinement that our customers want.” A neat and recommendable motor for buyers who want a spacious, well-equipped and highquality small car at a price point starting at £8,995 in the U.K. Key Specs: Model: Ford KA+ Zetec 85 Price: £9,995 Engine: 1.2-litre 4cyl petrol Power/torque: 84 bhp/112Nm Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive 0-62mph/Top speed: 13.3s/105mph Economy/CO2: 56.5mpg/ 114g/km What They Say: “The boot is large for a car of this size, but you’ll probably still have to pack light if you’re using the Ka+ to take you to the airport” – TopGear “Impressive practicality. Rides with composure and refinement, steers with precision. Quality is good for the price, too.” – AutoExpress “Exactly the kind of hatchback that the Ka was not: full-sized, with five doors, plenty of space, sensible and well-priced” – WhatCar
MOTORING  156  Rear view ... KA  from behind  Plus size ... new spacious interior  Gimme 5 ... more doors means increased ...
MOTORING 156 Rear view ... KA+ from behind Plus size ... new spacious interior Gimme 5 ... more doors means increased practicality with new Ford model Steer we go ... enhanced performance Developed to deliver Remember when the Ford Ka launched in the 90s? It was like, ‘Ooh, what’s this new street car all about?’ The model was noted for edgy design and lauded for ease of handling. But was hardly renowned for being spacious. No surprise, for a 3-door hatchback. Say hello, then, to the all new Ford Ka+. The 5-door hatchback is based on Ford’s global small-car platform, and offers generous space for five people at an overall length of less than 4 metres. Slightly shorter than the Fiesta, but 29 millimetres taller, the spacious interior delivers enough room for a 2 metre tall passenger to sit behind a 2 metre tall driver. The dinky motor boasts 270 litres of luggage space – enough to accommodate two large suitcases – plus 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and 21 stowage locations for small items throughout the cabin. You can store, mount and charge mobile devices and the front door bins can each hold a 1.0-litre bottle, a 0.6-litre bottle and a small umbrella. A hidden stowage bin within the end of the instrument panel is only accessible when the driver’s door is open, meaning valuables can be hidden out of sight. The compact car delivers outstanding interior space, excellent fuel efficiency and fun-todrive dynamics for customers in Europe at a value-for-money price. The 1.2-litre engine offers a smooth and responsive performance, with a broad spread of torque that makes the car easy and fun to drive in both city motoring and on longer journeys. This latest model has been developed to deliver agile, fun-to-drive dynamics, and features a unique chassis with specially developed features including springs and dampers, rear torsion beam axle, brake pads and tyres, and a re-engineered front sub-frame. This results in lighter steering at low speeds and more feedback at higher speeds to make city centres easier to negotiate and country road driving more rewarding. The body structure also has been extensively developed to meet European safety standards, with more than 8,000 hours of computeraided crash simulation undertaken alongside a comprehensive crash test programme to ensure impact performance and pedestrian protection. To enhance crash performance, nearly 50 per cent is constructed from high-strength steels, including the floor, front and rear chassis rails, window pillars, front bumper beam and passenger door beams. A range of measures – such as improved door seals, rear suspension brushes and ‘antibuffeting door fins’ - have been taken to minimise wind noise, road noise and powertrain noise levels, so you can enjoy your favourite tunes, a chat with the family or simply some peace and quiet on your own. “Choosing a compact car should not mean having to compromise,” said Darren Palmer, small car vehicle line director, Ford of Europe. “Our all-new KA+ lives up to the high standards set by our Ford Fiesta, B-MAX and EcoSport compact cars by delivering the style, space, advanced technology and refinement that our customers want.” A neat and recommendable motor for buyers who want a spacious, well-equipped and highquality small car at a price point starting at £8,995 in the U.K. Key Specs: Model: Ford KA+ Zetec 85 Price: £9,995 Engine: 1.2-litre 4cyl petrol Power/torque: 84 bhp/112Nm Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive 0-62mph/Top speed: 13.3s/105mph Economy/CO2: 56.5mpg/ 114g/km What They Say: “The boot is large for a car of this size, but you’ll probably still have to pack light if you’re using the Ka+ to take you to the airport” – TopGear “Impressive practicality. Rides with composure and refinement, steers with precision. Quality is good for the price, too.” – AutoExpress “Exactly the kind of hatchback that the Ka was not: full-sized, with five doors, plenty of space, sensible and well-priced” – WhatCar
MOTORING  156  Rear view ... KA  from behind  Plus size ... new spacious interior  Gimme 5 ... more doors means increased ...
158 MOTORING ‘Watt’ a Ride... “Those electric cars are alright, but they don’t go very far do they?” says many a motoring fanatic. Worry no more, as the Renault ZOE is now available with a record-breaking 250-mile battery. The French manufacturers unveiled a model with the longest range out of any plug-in car available today. There are zero emissions during road use and you can even plug into your domestic 13amp power supply at home – the same as your vacuum cleaner or TV. With far fewer moving parts than a regular combustion engine, the ZOE engine promises great reliability. If you opt to lease the batteries for a monthly cost, the initial cost is substantially reduced. Choose this option and Renault will also maintain them, replacing them if they drop below 75% of their original performance. The equipment levels are tip-top too, with climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, USB socket, touchscreen infotainment and navigation systems, rear parking sensors and camera, upgraded sound system, auto lights and wipers. To provide ZOE owners with easy access to any number of the 80,000 charging stations across Europe, Renault has released two free services. One called Z.E. Trip, which helps customers to locate charging points and another called Z.E. Pass, which gives access to a high number of charging stations. The Z.E. Trip can be accessed using steering wheel-mounted controls or via the internet to prepare trips in advance. The service indicates the real-time availability of each charging point. The Z.E. Pass app allows drivers to pay easily online as well as comparing prices at different stations nearby without having to be registered with a variety of networks. More impressively, if you get the Z.E. smartphone app, you can remotely control certain functions of the car, including temperature - so you can turn the air conditioning on ready for when you get in on a hot day. As for the driving experience, the lack of any gears means smooth, sprightly progress from the 87bhp motor. It is relaxing yet fun around town. There is plenty of room in the front to accommodate taller adults, although the back is a bit of a squeeze – which is fine as it is most likely going to have kids sat in there anyway. Renault Chairman Carlos Ghosn said: “We are continuing to push in areas where innovation matters most for Renault customers. Making it easy for them to choose electric, with new connected services to enhance their driving experience, is a top priority for us.” Eric Feunteun – Vice President of the Electric Vehicle Programme – added: “A new dimension has been added to the world of electric vehicles now that the ZOE’s range stands a 250 miles. It is a breakthrough in allelectric motoring that will provide the range needed to make any morotist comfortable choosing electric.” It only takes 30 minutes to charge up for an extra 50 miles, so you could connect the vehicle in Rushcliffe, grab an Americano, soya latte or even peppermint tea, get back in your car and drive all the way up to Bassetlaw and beyond. Electric vehicles have been growing in popularity since the green revolution began some years back. Notable celebrities who get behind the mains-powered motors include TV talent mogul Simon Cowell, Oscar-winning rapper Will Smith and coffee machine salesman George Clooney. Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks also take to the road in a fuel-free machine. Since average daily commuting distances are well within the ZOE’s capabilities, perhaps it’s time to consider a bit of circuit training. What they say: “Stacks up better than any other low-priced electric car, including the slightly bigger and more expensive Nissan Leaf” – WhatCar “As driving range is the biggest worry most have about running an EV, could the ZOE thus turn out to be a tipping point?” – TopGear “Would especially appeal to families with two or three cars, as the ZOE would surely be the model they would use for many of their daily errands” - AutoExpress
158  MOTORING     Watt    a Ride...    Those electric cars are alright, but they don   t go very far do they     says many...
158 MOTORING ‘Watt’ a Ride... “Those electric cars are alright, but they don’t go very far do they?” says many a motoring fanatic. Worry no more, as the Renault ZOE is now available with a record-breaking 250-mile battery. The French manufacturers unveiled a model with the longest range out of any plug-in car available today. There are zero emissions during road use and you can even plug into your domestic 13amp power supply at home – the same as your vacuum cleaner or TV. With far fewer moving parts than a regular combustion engine, the ZOE engine promises great reliability. If you opt to lease the batteries for a monthly cost, the initial cost is substantially reduced. Choose this option and Renault will also maintain them, replacing them if they drop below 75% of their original performance. The equipment levels are tip-top too, with climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, USB socket, touchscreen infotainment and navigation systems, rear parking sensors and camera, upgraded sound system, auto lights and wipers. To provide ZOE owners with easy access to any number of the 80,000 charging stations across Europe, Renault has released two free services. One called Z.E. Trip, which helps customers to locate charging points and another called Z.E. Pass, which gives access to a high number of charging stations. The Z.E. Trip can be accessed using steering wheel-mounted controls or via the internet to prepare trips in advance. The service indicates the real-time availability of each charging point. The Z.E. Pass app allows drivers to pay easily online as well as comparing prices at different stations nearby without having to be registered with a variety of networks. More impressively, if you get the Z.E. smartphone app, you can remotely control certain functions of the car, including temperature - so you can turn the air conditioning on ready for when you get in on a hot day. As for the driving experience, the lack of any gears means smooth, sprightly progress from the 87bhp motor. It is relaxing yet fun around town. There is plenty of room in the front to accommodate taller adults, although the back is a bit of a squeeze – which is fine as it is most likely going to have kids sat in there anyway. Renault Chairman Carlos Ghosn said: “We are continuing to push in areas where innovation matters most for Renault customers. Making it easy for them to choose electric, with new connected services to enhance their driving experience, is a top priority for us.” Eric Feunteun – Vice President of the Electric Vehicle Programme – added: “A new dimension has been added to the world of electric vehicles now that the ZOE’s range stands a 250 miles. It is a breakthrough in allelectric motoring that will provide the range needed to make any morotist comfortable choosing electric.” It only takes 30 minutes to charge up for an extra 50 miles, so you could connect the vehicle in Rushcliffe, grab an Americano, soya latte or even peppermint tea, get back in your car and drive all the way up to Bassetlaw and beyond. Electric vehicles have been growing in popularity since the green revolution began some years back. Notable celebrities who get behind the mains-powered motors include TV talent mogul Simon Cowell, Oscar-winning rapper Will Smith and coffee machine salesman George Clooney. Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks also take to the road in a fuel-free machine. Since average daily commuting distances are well within the ZOE’s capabilities, perhaps it’s time to consider a bit of circuit training. What they say: “Stacks up better than any other low-priced electric car, including the slightly bigger and more expensive Nissan Leaf” – WhatCar “As driving range is the biggest worry most have about running an EV, could the ZOE thus turn out to be a tipping point?” – TopGear “Would especially appeal to families with two or three cars, as the ZOE would surely be the model they would use for many of their daily errands” - AutoExpress
158  MOTORING     Watt    a Ride...    Those electric cars are alright, but they don   t go very far do they     says many...
160 BUSINESS Amen’s rise to the top Typing away, managing tasks and teams in his cosy yet practical office sits Nottingham born digital marketing expert Amen Sharma. His company, Heart CMS, has slowly been growing over the years and is currently managing over a hundred different clients. Some would say this fledgling company is starting to become a success. Success, no doubt due to Amen’s best­selling marketing book, ‘The Google Checklist’. ‘The Google Checklist’ has gone on to become Amazon’s UK best­selling marketing book in many categories and is enabling businesses all over the world with information on the correct digital tools to ensure marketing success and business growth. The book itself helps local businesses to learn how to gain more exposure and rank their website on search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Over 500 copies of the book are sold each month. This success has come as quite an achievement to Amen, who wasn’t always interested in writing. He said: “It’s been crazy, I still log in every day to see how many books we’ve sold. It has been a very nice surprise but at the same time the effort that has gone into the book by me and the team deserved some recognition so we have to thank the likes of Amazon and the Post Office for supporting us and giving us the opportunity to sell our books on their platforms.” As for the future, this success has motivated Amen to work on a new book (‘Blogging Made Easy’) which will be published soon, and it will be directed at bloggers and business owners who want to understand the importance of blogging. If you run a business in and around Nottingham, Amen and his team are at hand to support you with a free consultation and are eager to help your business climb up the Google rankings. Visit www.heartcms.com for more information. CLASSIFIED 161
160  BUSINESS  Amen   s rise to the top  Typing away, managing tasks and teams in his cosy yet practical office sits Notti...
160 BUSINESS Amen’s rise to the top Typing away, managing tasks and teams in his cosy yet practical office sits Nottingham born digital marketing expert Amen Sharma. His company, Heart CMS, has slowly been growing over the years and is currently managing over a hundred different clients. Some would say this fledgling company is starting to become a success. Success, no doubt due to Amen’s best­selling marketing book, ‘The Google Checklist’. ‘The Google Checklist’ has gone on to become Amazon’s UK best­selling marketing book in many categories and is enabling businesses all over the world with information on the correct digital tools to ensure marketing success and business growth. The book itself helps local businesses to learn how to gain more exposure and rank their website on search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Over 500 copies of the book are sold each month. This success has come as quite an achievement to Amen, who wasn’t always interested in writing. He said: “It’s been crazy, I still log in every day to see how many books we’ve sold. It has been a very nice surprise but at the same time the effort that has gone into the book by me and the team deserved some recognition so we have to thank the likes of Amazon and the Post Office for supporting us and giving us the opportunity to sell our books on their platforms.” As for the future, this success has motivated Amen to work on a new book (‘Blogging Made Easy’) which will be published soon, and it will be directed at bloggers and business owners who want to understand the importance of blogging. If you run a business in and around Nottingham, Amen and his team are at hand to support you with a free consultation and are eager to help your business climb up the Google rankings. Visit www.heartcms.com for more information. CLASSIFIED 161
160  BUSINESS  Amen   s rise to the top  Typing away, managing tasks and teams in his cosy yet practical office sits Notti...
162 Have a go! ACROSS DOWN 1 Fingers on one hand (4) 3 Ice-cream biscuit (5) 10 Pipe for household liquid refuse (5) 12 Disorientated (4) 13 Cash and card holder (6) 14 Reef rock (5) 15 Deep purplish-red (7) 16 Severe and rigorous (5) 17 Male monarch (4) 19 Arm or leg (4) 21 Actors with walk-on roles (3,7) 24 To check the flow (4) 27 Newpaper chief (6) 28 Get in touch with (7) 30 Rowdy commotion or ruckus (6) 31 Flabbergast or KO (4) 33 Your crowning glory (4) 34 Men-only party (4) 35 Physique or figure (4) 38 Japanese hostess (6) 39 An illustrative drawing (7) 40 Protective charm (6) 42 Petty quarrel (4) 44 To get married (3,3,4) 47 Hooter (4) 48 Bad luck curse (4) 52 Finely chopped meat (5) 54 Submarine projectile (7) 55 Telephone greeting (5) 57 Saturate and soak (6) 58 Travelling holiday (4) 59 After a while (5) 60 The entire quantity (5) 61 Get in a panic (4) 1 Poultry (4) 2 Holiday home abroad (5) 3 Sorceress (5) 4 Bouquet seller (7) 5 Meeting for those with a common cause (5) 6 Once more than once (5) 7 Animal of burden (5) 8 Rug-like bed cover (7) 9 Wasp wound (5) 11 Mariner (6) 18 Crossword pointer (4) 20 Conductor’s wand (5) 21 Age anniversary (8) 22 Queue or stripe (4) 23 Time for a planet to circuit the Sun (4) 25 Heap or pile (5) 26 Sweet smelling (8) 28 Youngster (5) 29 Carved pole (5) 32 Birdie chirp (5) 35 Show embarrassment (5) 36 Silly as a brush (4) 37 Not in captivity (4) 41 Combat vehicle (4) 43 Match in a sports calendar (7) 45 To think up an excuse (6) 46 Fail to look after (7) 48 Small landing pier (5) 49 Decorative cake band (5) 50 Oops, pardon me (5) 51 Strongbox or trunk (5) 52 Type or design of car (5) 53 Artificial waterway (5) 56 Sever with an axe (4) You would be CRACKERS to miss it! Festive gift fair at the NEC 10th - 13th November 2016 WIN WIN WIN! Join in the fun for our 21st year at the fabulous FESTIVE GIFT FAIR! The biggest and best Christmas shopping fair returns to the NEC for four days from 10th-13th November. The run up to Christmas Day involves a lot of planning and the hardest and often most time consuming part is buying the presents, so get it all done in one day at the Festive Gift Fair and make it FUN! Christmas starts here with plenty of choice, unique gifts, and a fun and easy shopping day out. For our 21st year we have a whole NEW line-up of fantastic LIVE music to entertain you through the day. So easy to visit, all in one hall, all on one level and there’s even a courtesy shuttle service to and from Birmingham International station. When your bags are full, you can drop them off at the Present Creche and continue to shop, stop for a bite to eat and enjoy all the great entertainment. 350 stalls overflowing with fabulous decorations for the home and present ideas for all – from babies to teenagers, parents to grandparents, for Him, for Her and even the pets! COME ARMED WITH YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST AND EXPECT TO GO HOME TRIUMPHANT. For more information on Exhibitors and Visiting the Fair, visit www.festivegiftfair. co.uk. Click on the button online to watch a short video from last year’s show. To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 pairs of tickets to the Festive Gift Fair, simply answer the following question: ‘How many stalls will be exhibiting at this year’s event?’ The first 5 correct answers pulled from the hat will win. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets valid for any day between 10th and 13th November. Normal Aspect rules apply, closing date 31/10/16. Please email your answers to phil.cound@nottsinfocus.co.uk or send your answers to: Notts Aspect ‘Festive Gift Fair Competition’ 69A Main Street, Burton Joyce, Nottingham NG14 5ED Please include your name, email address, home address and phone number so we can contact you if you have been successful. If you are not successful, tickets can be purchased online on the Festive Gift Fair website. ANSWERS ACROSS: 1 Five 3 Wafer 10 Waste 12 Lost 13 Wallet 14 Coral 15 Crimson 16 Harsh 17 King 19 Limb 21 Bit players 24 Stem 27 Editor 28 Contact 30 Rumpus 31 Stun 33 Hair 34 Stag 35 Body 38 Geisha 39 Diagram 40 Amulet 42 Tiff 44 Tie the knot 47 Horn 48 Jinx 52 Mince 54 Torpedo 55 Hello 57 Drench 58 Tour 59 Later 60 Total 61 Flap ANSWERS DOWN 1 Fowl 2 Villa 3 Witch 4 Florist 5 Rally 6 Twice 7 Beast 8 Blanket 9 Sting 11 Sailor 18 Clue 20 Baton 21 Birthday 22 Line 23 Year 25 Mound 26 Fragrant 28 Child 29 Totem 32 Tweet 35 Blush 36 Daft 37 Free 41 Tank 43 Fixture 45 Invent 46 Neglect 48 Jetty 49 Frill 50 Sorry 51 Chest 52 Model 53 Canal 56 Chop
162  Have a go   ACROSS  DOWN  1 Fingers on one hand  4  3 Ice-cream biscuit  5  10 Pipe for household liquid refuse  5  1...
162 Have a go! ACROSS DOWN 1 Fingers on one hand (4) 3 Ice-cream biscuit (5) 10 Pipe for household liquid refuse (5) 12 Disorientated (4) 13 Cash and card holder (6) 14 Reef rock (5) 15 Deep purplish-red (7) 16 Severe and rigorous (5) 17 Male monarch (4) 19 Arm or leg (4) 21 Actors with walk-on roles (3,7) 24 To check the flow (4) 27 Newpaper chief (6) 28 Get in touch with (7) 30 Rowdy commotion or ruckus (6) 31 Flabbergast or KO (4) 33 Your crowning glory (4) 34 Men-only party (4) 35 Physique or figure (4) 38 Japanese hostess (6) 39 An illustrative drawing (7) 40 Protective charm (6) 42 Petty quarrel (4) 44 To get married (3,3,4) 47 Hooter (4) 48 Bad luck curse (4) 52 Finely chopped meat (5) 54 Submarine projectile (7) 55 Telephone greeting (5) 57 Saturate and soak (6) 58 Travelling holiday (4) 59 After a while (5) 60 The entire quantity (5) 61 Get in a panic (4) 1 Poultry (4) 2 Holiday home abroad (5) 3 Sorceress (5) 4 Bouquet seller (7) 5 Meeting for those with a common cause (5) 6 Once more than once (5) 7 Animal of burden (5) 8 Rug-like bed cover (7) 9 Wasp wound (5) 11 Mariner (6) 18 Crossword pointer (4) 20 Conductor’s wand (5) 21 Age anniversary (8) 22 Queue or stripe (4) 23 Time for a planet to circuit the Sun (4) 25 Heap or pile (5) 26 Sweet smelling (8) 28 Youngster (5) 29 Carved pole (5) 32 Birdie chirp (5) 35 Show embarrassment (5) 36 Silly as a brush (4) 37 Not in captivity (4) 41 Combat vehicle (4) 43 Match in a sports calendar (7) 45 To think up an excuse (6) 46 Fail to look after (7) 48 Small landing pier (5) 49 Decorative cake band (5) 50 Oops, pardon me (5) 51 Strongbox or trunk (5) 52 Type or design of car (5) 53 Artificial waterway (5) 56 Sever with an axe (4) You would be CRACKERS to miss it! Festive gift fair at the NEC 10th - 13th November 2016 WIN WIN WIN! Join in the fun for our 21st year at the fabulous FESTIVE GIFT FAIR! The biggest and best Christmas shopping fair returns to the NEC for four days from 10th-13th November. The run up to Christmas Day involves a lot of planning and the hardest and often most time consuming part is buying the presents, so get it all done in one day at the Festive Gift Fair and make it FUN! Christmas starts here with plenty of choice, unique gifts, and a fun and easy shopping day out. For our 21st year we have a whole NEW line-up of fantastic LIVE music to entertain you through the day. So easy to visit, all in one hall, all on one level and there’s even a courtesy shuttle service to and from Birmingham International station. When your bags are full, you can drop them off at the Present Creche and continue to shop, stop for a bite to eat and enjoy all the great entertainment. 350 stalls overflowing with fabulous decorations for the home and present ideas for all – from babies to teenagers, parents to grandparents, for Him, for Her and even the pets! COME ARMED WITH YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST AND EXPECT TO GO HOME TRIUMPHANT. For more information on Exhibitors and Visiting the Fair, visit www.festivegiftfair. co.uk. Click on the button online to watch a short video from last year’s show. To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 pairs of tickets to the Festive Gift Fair, simply answer the following question: ‘How many stalls will be exhibiting at this year’s event?’ The first 5 correct answers pulled from the hat will win. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets valid for any day between 10th and 13th November. Normal Aspect rules apply, closing date 31/10/16. Please email your answers to phil.cound@nottsinfocus.co.uk or send your answers to: Notts Aspect ‘Festive Gift Fair Competition’ 69A Main Street, Burton Joyce, Nottingham NG14 5ED Please include your name, email address, home address and phone number so we can contact you if you have been successful. If you are not successful, tickets can be purchased online on the Festive Gift Fair website. ANSWERS ACROSS: 1 Five 3 Wafer 10 Waste 12 Lost 13 Wallet 14 Coral 15 Crimson 16 Harsh 17 King 19 Limb 21 Bit players 24 Stem 27 Editor 28 Contact 30 Rumpus 31 Stun 33 Hair 34 Stag 35 Body 38 Geisha 39 Diagram 40 Amulet 42 Tiff 44 Tie the knot 47 Horn 48 Jinx 52 Mince 54 Torpedo 55 Hello 57 Drench 58 Tour 59 Later 60 Total 61 Flap ANSWERS DOWN 1 Fowl 2 Villa 3 Witch 4 Florist 5 Rally 6 Twice 7 Beast 8 Blanket 9 Sting 11 Sailor 18 Clue 20 Baton 21 Birthday 22 Line 23 Year 25 Mound 26 Fragrant 28 Child 29 Totem 32 Tweet 35 Blush 36 Daft 37 Free 41 Tank 43 Fixture 45 Invent 46 Neglect 48 Jetty 49 Frill 50 Sorry 51 Chest 52 Model 53 Canal 56 Chop
162  Have a go   ACROSS  DOWN  1 Fingers on one hand  4  3 Ice-cream biscuit  5  10 Pipe for household liquid refuse  5  1...